One of the things I’m learning in this phase of my Empty Nest is to put my plans in pencil rather than in ink. You see, basically I’m a detail planner. Ok, a controller, your classic “A” type personality. I always blamed it on having five kids in seven years. I was forced to plan or my home was chaos. (It usually was anyway!) However, the older I’ve become the more I’ve realized it’s really just how I’m packaged. There are good things about it but negatives as well. There can be a tendency to make plans and simply ask God to bless them. I have a hard time saying “no” and tend to overbook. My self image is too wrapped up in what I accomplished today.
I’m beginning to see a change. As I walk longer in the Empty Nest I feel less compulsive. I sense that I’m more willing to allow God to interrupt my plans without fretting. I see that He has other things in store that are even better than my plans. I feel less stressed than I felt when I was younger. I have an easier time saying “no” without feeling guilty. And I find that I’m looking forward to the small daily surprises that He brings about. His plans might change mine. But his are even better so mine need to be in pencil.

“When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm.” Psalm 75:3