“Remember the wonders He has done,” – Psalm 105:5a
Over the past six months, I have become a die-hard paper planner. I really mean it, a card-carrying plannerd. It started over the summer, in a response to that fact that almost my entire job revolves around digital media, and I needed to have something I could hold in my hand as a record of what was going on, beyond my iPhone.
So I ordered a planner, and discovered a community.
Paper planning, it turns out, has its own little corner of the internet: blogs, YouTube videos, Facebook groups (yes, the irony of paper planners celebrating their analog-style of keeping track of things on the internet has not escaped me). To me, the meticulous track people keep of their lives with their planners makes sense, it’s a way to demonstrate that something has been accomplished.
And I’ve been really pleased with my planner and all my efforts to chronicle my life on paper, until last Wednesday.
I was sitting at my kitchen table, finishing up the last pages of my homework for Bible study, when I came to the question: In the past 18 months, what kinds of things have come your way?
And my initial response was: I dunno.
That was it. I don’t know. Yes, I can flip through my planner and point to doctor appointments and meetings at work and time with friends, but big picture? What’s really happened over the past 18 months? Especially when it comes to spiritual things, like specific answered prayer? I’m not really sure.
To say that discovering this gap was an “Ah ha!” is too small of a description. It demonstrated that while yes, I was recording the busyness, I was missing the REAL LIFE things. What God has done, is doing, and will do. Now, I’m not saying we need to record all that all the time, but jotting down some things to be able to look back on seems like a really good idea to me.
I’ll let you know how it goes!