A truism that you often hear is “working without a plan is planning to fail.” Most start-up businesses put together at least a basic “business plan.” Lenders and investors require them. They can be simple or complex; but, you have to have one.
Who would want to board an airplane, if they knew that there was no flight plan? Who would start a construction project without an architectural plan? What kind of coach would send a team into the next Big Game without a game plan? You get the idea. Planning matters.
So, is there a Master Plan for all of us? Some grand design that includes everyone and everything? A plan done not by human hands or massive computers, but a Creator’s Plan? Not necessarily an every step, every move kind of plan; but, a purposive direction that gives shape, form, and meaning to life?
Many people think so. They will tell you, “God has a plan for my life.” And they believe it. The same folks might add, “God has a plan for everyone and all creation.” They base their beliefs on what they find in the Bible and what they have heard in church and from important people in their lives. Theologians might say that they have a sense of the providence of God – that there is a design, pattern, direction to things established by a Higher Power than any of us.
Sometimes, particularly during a time of crisis, confidence in a divine Master Plan for humanity gets shaken. The cause might be a natural disaster or an alarming rise in international tensions. Our society is currently going through considerable pressure from both sources and several others. Even those who ordinarily trust that human history unfolds within a grand design are left wondering, What’s next?
What do you think about that one? If you believe that there is a Creator’s Plan, then how would that affect the plans and decisions that you make, big and small? How would it change the plans you are making today? Perhaps it is true, “We plan, God laughs.”
Rev. Dr. Gary S. Eller
President, Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation