“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” –Proverbs 19:21
TobyMac’s song, Steal My Show, wasn’t one of my favorites until I listened closely to the lyrics while driving in my car one day. It’s a beautiful prayer of surrender, essentially saying, “Lord, I plan to do this show, but if You have other plans, please feel free to take over. I will step out of Your way.”
If you’re unfamiliar with the song, you can listen to it and read the lyrics here:
What I really love about the song is that the singer eventually comes to the conclusion that he’s not only willing to let God take over but that he and his audience need God to do just that. The prayer of surrender becomes an invitation and a plea.
This is life! Though few perform on stage in front of large crowds for a living, we all make plans every day. God doesn’t give us a daily agenda to follow, so we do our best to do what we believe He wants us to do.
Even as we do this, however, we live in submission to Him. We make our plans using pencils, so that we can quickly erase. We live in anticipation, ready for God to intervene, redirect, take over, or even make an appearance—wouldn’t that be something! Someday it will be.
We make our plans, but the Lord’s purpose prevails. I find that incredibly comforting!
Lord, I’m making plans, but I realize my life is Your show. Do whatever You will to assure Your purpose prevails. I love You—and I want others to come to love You, too! Please do whatever You please to build Your kingdom and glorify Your name. Amen.