Five Minute Friday — Ahead

Here’s this week’s installment of Five Minute Friday.

You might remember the task is to write for five minutes on a specific prompt word. The initiative was started by Lisa-Jo Baker  who thought about writing and how often our perfectionism gets in the way of our words. She figured, why not take five minutes and see what comes out: not a perfect post, not a profound post, just five minutes of focused writing. She turned over the reins to Kate Motaung, where our faithful writers write, and share it with others at her place on Facebook at beginning with the Community section. It’s free. It’s easy (okay, not always). It’s addictive (in a good way). You should visit and check it out or — better yet — join in the fun of expressing yourself!

As an extra enticement, I’ve been using testimonials about the group and the exercise from other members as collected in Five Minute Friday: A Collection of Stories Written in Five Flat  compiled by Susan Shipe. This week’s it’s Tara. I encourage you to listen to the words and visit Kate and her wonderful corps of writers … and maybe be inspired to join in!

“The FMF community has blessed me in more ways than I could have ever imagined. These women and men remind me that I have a voice that needs to be heard. I hold this community deep in the depths of my heart.”

This week’s prompt is AHEAD. The timer is set … so here goes. {clock starts now}

Two divergent thoughts crossed my mind with this prompt.

The first meme/saying was simply, “Always plan ahead. It wasn’t raining when Noah built the ark.” But just as quickly, the meme/saying “If you want to make God laugh tell Him about your plans.”

Those of you who know me — really know me –realize I’m more in the latter phrase camp. I’ve been around long enough to know plans can change in an instant — a late meeting, a sniffle, a flat tire, whatever. Just ask my wife {oops, sorry, can’t do that} or kids. They had to suffer through missing daddy and late dinners and changes to plans over the years.

That being said, my lack of planning skills doesn’t mean I’m not prepared. I often tack on Option B or Option C — heck, I have 26 letters to choose from. A twist in the plans doesn’t spell disaster — if offers an opportunity to experience other … STOP

opportunities, to savor other moments, to see the hand of God in my plans, to witness the extraordinary in the ordinary.

I have no idea what’s ahead personally, professionally or even nationally. But I am sure ready to walk the trail with open eyes, open ears, and an open heart. It reminds me of another meme/phrase — “God is in control.”

Well, that’s what popped into this mind this tough week.

THOUGHT TO REMEMBER: God gave us memory so that we might have roses in December. — James Barrie



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17 Responses to Five Minute Friday — Ahead

  1. TamrahJo says:

    I like and often think of both those quotes – for me, I, too, often have a long list of options given if/then/else analysis as best I can – the bigger the event or project, the more unknowns, the closer any deadline looms and/or events unfold, for me, I like to ‘plan what ark I’m going to work on building’ but be open to sitting in the rain for a moment to listen to the drops as they fall on leaves, or visit with a friend who happened to ‘drop by’ or take a call from one I haven’t heard from in a while – If plans are ‘laid’ and thought out, ahead of time, best as can be made/known, then at a certain point, all bets are off, and all involved are rather into the ‘It is What It IS!’ mode – I will share one time that made me laugh – I was on a ‘volunteer committee’ that had held/advertised monthly meetings, and had done outreach for gaining input for assisting with the planning of a big community event – – after months of work, meetings, etc., wouldn’t ya know? The 1-3 days before, folks came out of the woodwork saying, “Why don’t you do this? or that? or it would be great to have ‘such and such’ offering – and for all of them, I said, “That’s a great idea! This year, not enough time to get it put together, why don’t you join us next month as we assess this year’s event and start planning next years?” – None of them ever showed up – thus, I feel rather an affinity with Noah – 🙂

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  2. Letitia Mason says:

    Thanks, I’m a planner. I like to know what’s coming, but life isn’t always like that, particularly at the moment. But God is in control anyway, we’d better believe it!


  3. Amie says:

    I think planning has to do with what we know/see, and faith has to do with trusting God with what we don’t. I think James 4 models the balance best: we are to make plans but allow God’s will to dictate what actually happens.

    Amie, FMF #20

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  4. But I am sure ready to walk the trail with open eyes, open ears, and an open heart…your words here are so poignant. I love the part too of God laughing at the plans we make. So good for me to hear as I’m the planner, and I want everything to turn out smoothly. When actually things may or may not. Morning cheers, Jennifer FMF


  5. Amen, Lovely share. God is king of the universe and always in control. Blessings.


  6. Nancy Ruegg says:

    I too have that James Barrie quote in my quote journal. The gift of memory is a precious one, and I enjoy at least several “roses” each day. (I’m at the age when everything reminds me of something from the past!) Even a year like 2020–offering more thorns than roses, perhaps–will still provide a few blossoms to enjoy, IF we stay alert to notice them.

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  7. Joyce says:

    I generally have a Plan B too. And maybe a C and D : ) When I look back at failed plans I’m often grateful for the way they didn’t work out. Thanks for sharing. I’m visiting from the FMF site today.


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