Mann Tracht, und Gott Lacht

by Terri Gillespie

Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring. Proverbs 27:1 TLV

“What a difference a day makes.” So the saying goes. Our future may appear one way as we lay down to sleep and completely change when we open our eyes.

I remember waking up one morning to the call that my younger sister had suddenly died. The day before she had left a voice message for me. One I had yet to listen to. Four years later, I still listen to that message I saved.

Our eternity is guaranteed, but our expectations in this life … probably not. Being ten years older than my sister, I had expected to go on to eternity before her. That didn’t happen. As much as we try to control our lives, ultimately, we are not the lords of our season on this earth. We are the stewards of what is given to us.

Does that mean we shouldn’t make plans? Of course not. Most of us have a multitude of responsibilities. Plans help us with the dental appointments, deadlines, job interviews, kids’ clarinet lessons, grocery lists, and so forth.

What we need to remember is to hold those plans lightly. The dentist may call and reschedule. One of the kids get sick, so forget making it to that job interview. Well, you get the idea.

There’s an old Yiddish adage: “Mann tracht, und Gott lacht.” Which means: “Man Plans, and God Laughs.”

So, when our plans inevitably go awry, we need to set our heart and mind to trust that our Heavenly Father has the real plan. Our best plan is to pray and praise through our disappointments and fears as best we can (and I’m talking to ME, especially), then take the next step in front of us.

Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a town and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.” Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. What is your life? For you are a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.” James 4:13-15 TLV

Perhaps we should incorporate more “Lord willings” into how we plan and how we communicate with others. And remembering as well, that our Father holds our life and the number of the days until we’re with Him. As in He can’t wait until we’re home.

“So teach us to number our days, so that we may get a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12 TLV). Indeed, ultimately, we all want His will in all we do.

And that’s the best plan of all. May we trust in GOD’s will and His plans for us, my friends.

About the author: Award-winning author and speaker, Terri Gillespie writes stories of faith and redemption to nurture souls. Her novels, devotionals, messages, and blogs have drawn readers to hunger for a deeper relationship with their Heavenly Father, and His Son Jesus. Her newest novel, Sweet Rivalry, releases later this year.

The third and final book in the Hair Mavens series, Really Bad Hair Day, is a whirlwind of changes for the mavens—marriage, love, danger, loss, and redemption. The Hair Mavens: modern-day Ruth and Naomi stories set in a hair salon.

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12 thoughts on “Mann Tracht, und Gott Lacht

    1. Terri, thanks for your words today. My oldest son, John, is in the hospital with covid. Please pray that he will soon be home.

      I am at a standstill with the move because the contractor who was going to prepare the house for the market died of covid. I am now trying to leave it to Abba.

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      1. I am so sorry, Priscilla. This has been a challenging journey. Certainly there is much confusion. But look at how far you have come. Praying for John and for a new contractor.


  1. Thank you, Terri, for this powerful post! I love: As much as we try to control our lives, ultimately, we are not the lords of our season on this earth. We are the stewards of what is given to us.
    Wow! That says it all!

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  2. Thanks for your kind words of encouragement. Don’t you love when our Father gives us those power punches? Well, maybe not all the time. God bless you, Crystal.


  3. Thank you, Terri, for this meaningful reminder! I am thinking of Psalm 62:5-8 about giving our expectations to God who is our mighty rock and our fortress. It says to be still my soul–that is the hard part for me. Thanks for blessing us today.

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  4. “My soul, wait in stillness, only for God—
    for from Him comes my expectation.”

    Oh yeah. Great passage. Thanks so much for your kind encouragement. God bless you!


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