The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry. (Robert Burns, 18th century Scottish poet)
This oft-repeated axiom was no doubt inspired by the poet’s having experienced or witnessed the truth he writes about. Careful and strategic planning is important, but it isn’t always perfect. Remember all those great plans for a fun vacation at the beach only to have it rain all week? Knowing that such things happen only intensifies the need for flexibility, with backup plans.
Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. . . . We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps. (Proverbs 16:3, 9)