Getting Your Ducks All In A Row

By Mavis Tipton

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart,

But it is the Lord’s purpose that

Prevails.”  Prov. 19:21


Recently I was reading a devotion that struck a note with me.  It was entitled “Planning the Perfect Life.”

I am a planner, a long-term planner. For some people long term planning is overwhelming, however for me short-term planning is overwhelming!

In the devotion the writer shared her 5-year plan for her life, how it had nothing to do with what the Lord wanted for her.  She shared how she was on her path to fulfilling that plan, when her plan was interrupted.

Her testimony reminded me of myself, many years ago.  I also had a plan, I can’t say it was a 5-year plan, but it was a plan.


As a sophomore in high school we were told we needed to choose a career and begin preparing for it. I knew immediately what I wanted to do.  I wanted to become a Flight Attendant.


I did all the research on how to prepare for the career I desired.  You had to have 2-years of college, or 2-years of work experience in the business world.  The youngest you could be to apply was 20-1/2 years old.

My plan began to form.  Finish high school, attend Business College, get a job, and apply to airlines.  Work for airlines a couple of years, meet Mr. Perfect, get married, have 4 children and live happily ever after.

I’m now 19 years old and I have finished high school and business college classes, and had moved to Santa Barbara, Calif.  A civil engineer company hired me, and now I’m on my way to fulfilling my plan. In walks Buddy Tipton, not part of the plan… anyway at that time!


I would go to church most Sunday’s, because that was how I was raised, however I did not have a clue that I should be asking the Lord what His plan was for my life.

A year later, Buddy called me and asked me to go on a date with him, and I agreed. We then began dating regularly, but I still had my plan, I just hadn’t shared it with him.


Sometime later Buddy and I were in the L.A. area and I asked him to take me by the airport.  My dad had instilled the love of flying in me, and I just wanted to watch the planes.


Buddy asked me why I enjoyed that so much? I told him because I want to be a Flight Attendant.  Go places and see the world.  He said he didn’t want me to, because it would take me away from him.

I thought that over for a few days, and just like the snap of your fingers I gave up my dream and plan.  A year later we were married.

Even though I couldn’t see it then, it was part of God’s plan.  God had a calling on our lives, and once we surrendered to Him, His plan began to take shape.

We should all plan who we’re going to be, rather than what we’re going to do.

Prov. 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart

And lean not on your own understanding; in

All your ways submit to Him and He will

Direct your paths.”