It’s a new year, and many of us take time as the calendar changesto make plans for the coming year. Those plans may involve travel, or home upgrades, or education or family gatherings. Sometimes, Christians get the idea that they should not make plans – that they should just trust the Lord and drift along. Far be it from me to discourage you from trusting the Lord! But, as with most things inlife, there is a balance here. Scripture encourages us to “count the cost” (Luke 14:28) and that “a prudent man foresees evil and hides himself…” (Prov. 27:12). Making plans is necessary and biblical. We should look carefully to the future. But we need to hold those plans loosely – to allow God to change them as He sees fit. “The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord” (Ps. 37:23). Make your plans, but always leave them in God’s hands. He may have a different idea.