What’s Your Five Year Plan?

Basket of Figs, July, 2008

Bud Powell



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“Man’s goings are of the LORD; how can a man then understand his own way?” Prov. 20:24


How many people older than fifty can honestly affirm that what they are today is what they thought they would be when they were twenty?  I would hazard an unscientific guess of zero.


When I was a green youth the newspapers were filled with the Soviet Union’s Five Year Plans, plans devised by communist bureaucrats to jerk their country into the twentieth century.  The twentieth century is gone and so is the Soviet Union.  None of the plans worked and the Soviet Union finally fell by its sheer incompetence.  Slavery only can compete with liberty across a very narrow field of activity.


I guess that it is human, depressingly so, for men with large egos to run for office in the United States, but it might be refreshing sometime to hear the candidate say, “I will accomplish as President exactly what God wills for me to accomplish.”  Of course, it would be the end of his candidacy, for the press would excoriate him.  The average reporter or editor does and could not understand that the candidate would be uttering a most profound truth.  They would think him vain and pretentious, presuming to know the will of God, or thinking that he was arrogantly assuming to be a special instrument of God.  And they might be right, for the words could be understood in different ways.


But they could be true in a most profound and Biblical way.  Nebuchadnezzar ate grass like an animal because he was lifted up with pride and boasted in his achievements.  After living off the land, so to speak, he was humbled and blessed the most High, and I praised and honored him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”  --Daniel 4:34,35


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