I am a planner. I get an idea and I am ready to go. I can't tell you how many times I have stayed up until 3 AM rearranging/redecorating my room because inspiration struck and it needed to happen NOW. Call it enthusiasm, call it instant gratification... whatever it is, it's a big part of me.
The benefit of planning things and doing things in your own life is that you've got control. You had the idea, you're taking care of the process, and you know what your end result will be. And if the end result is a little off, you whip out the seam ripper and fix it, or you let it go, because you know that mistake was all in your own control and you can be okay with it.
Okay, now let's talk about real life where you can't actually do everything for yourself and you can't know the end from the beginning in every situation. Sometimes, you get ideas or have goals that require some walking through the dark and trusting. I'm talking about all of life. School, jobs, dating (woof.), family, etc.
There are times when God asks us to take a step in the dark and trust Him. Those moments are really hard for me. I've learned enough to know that whatever God asks will always be good, but I have a hard time taking those steps forward without knowing how it's going to be good. Ultimately, I know that you don't have to have more than "Once Upon a Time" to trust that a "Happily Ever After" is coming. I truly believe that those phrases always go together. But it can be really hard to be patient as we wait for the end of the story.
And I think far too often we forget that there are dragons to face along the way.
Sometimes, you have to have more faith in the dragons along the way than the ultimate happy ever after. If dragons are a part of the process, they must be there for a purpose, right? I've been through enough in my life to know that trials and challenges make me a better person and are always always worth it. But I've also been through enough in my life to know that I trials and challenges are hard. It's really easy to want to avoid them.
Ultimately, I keep learning in my life that there is one simple truth I need to remember: God loves me and wants to bless me. He's the author of this story, He knows just how happy that ever after really is. And he knows which dragons I need to fight along my path. And He wants to bless me. And that truth applies to every situation ever. Ever. Which means I can always trust the path I'm on and the dragons along the way. Letting Him guide me is a part of the "Once Upon a Time".