Read any book or blog or article or attend a conference regarding success in any area of life, the topic of "planning ahead" will be included. However, a huge part of successful planning includes the requirement to be flexible. Planning ahead is not synonymous with the "instructions" given to assemble your latest purchase from IKEA. Instructions are helpful when we have something that is simplistic and inanimate and has nothing distinct about it. Step A then Step B and then Step C. Unfortunately, life is neither that simple nor void of human interaction and life is very diverse. Planning is required but we need to be flexible when the many variables of life enter into the equation.
Lord, help me to plan but to also be open to You and Your consistent involvement and directions in my life.