"If you wanna make God laugh, show Him your plan."
The above quote has been around for years, and oooooh how true it is. I planned to do a long run today. I planned to share some Project news with you today. I planned to.... So what's wrong with the previous 2 1/2 sentences (aside from any grammar flubs)? Clearly it's the "I". When "I" plans, there is only a small fraction of potential that whatever it is that "I" planned will actually happen. In the human perception, "small" is still pretty "large" yet in Cosmic, God-sized perception it's smaller than the head of a pin small. Following me?
When "I" planned the run and "I" planned to share the Project news, "I" did it without prayer, without consulting God (as much as I understand how to do this, it's not like I have a fancy red phone to call Him), and "I" did it purly out of "I-ness" or ego. As a result, none of what "I" planned came to fruition today. Though some amazing things did occur in their place.
Sometimes "I" remember to pray about these sorts of things and listen/feel for guidance, sometimes "I" forget. "I" know when "I" remember, and "I" know when "I" forget, it is unmistakable in how different things turn out and how things flow when "I" do. The key is to be proactive, to be engaged in your life and to create a plan for your day, your week, your month, your year, your life, yet be sure to include God in the process, be prayerful in the process and be mindful. At least "I" find that to be the optimal approach. But then again, what do "I" know?