Part of my preparation for Sunday a few weeks ago included copying a skit that I planned to use as part of the message. It’s a conversation between Jesus and Peter. Jesus invites Peter to come with him and Peter is looking for all the details of where they’re going, who will be there, what to where and what to bring along.

Yep. That’s me all over. Anyone who has gone anyplace at all with me knows that I want every conceivable detail in advance so that I can be prepared for whatever might come up.

Just yesterday I messaged several other women who will be at next weekend’s Pacific Southwest Regional Clergy Gathering to find out what they are going to be wearing, what we are supposed to bring with us, and if they knew whether there would be WIFI or 3G availability at the event location. I was particularly concerned about internet availability because we’ll be there on Tuesday. I blog on Tuesdays (obviously) and while I can pre-post something for next week I was really hoping to be able to blog and tweet from the Gathering because Sharon Watkins will be with us. There could be truly amazing spiritual words of wisdom falling from her lips and I want to be able share them with everyone who reads the Intersection or follows me on Twitter. Aside from the internet uncertainty, however, I’m nearly ready to go. My lists of what to do before I leave and what to take with me are complete. My suitcase is almost packed. I have directions programmed into my iPhone so I shouldn’t get lost on the way there.

Yep. That’s me all over. Plan everything in advance and in detail. Heaven knows I don’t want to find myself away from home without a critically important something or other. There are, of course, a couple of things wrong with this.

One is that I’ve been so busy worrying about next week’s blog post that I almost forgot to do one for this week. I’ve found that when I spend too much time focusing on the future I tend to neglect the present. Future plans are important but if I neglect the now I could miss out on something truly special.

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Comment by Rebecca Woods on March 9, 2010 at 5:44am
I can relate, Maria. Although I'm not a really detailed planner when it comes to trips and events (my husband tends to play that role), I recently realized that for most of my life, I've spent a lot of time worrying about the "what ifs". I only realized it when I was helping my college-age son try to make some decisions. While it's good to be able to look ahead and think through possible scenarios before taking action, sometimes the "what ifs" complicate matters and keep me from making a decision. I'm learning to go ahead and make decisions based on what's in front of me, knowing I may have to adjust my course as life unfolds, rather than trying to get everything perfectly right the first time.



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