Inspiration Journal

(Not) Exactly As Planned

Written by Rachel Gnagy

I’m kind of a planner. I like knowing what is going to happen, what we are going to do, and where we will be staying while we do it. Actually, I don’t just like knowing all of that… I like deciding all of that.

A few months ago my husband and I were talking about whether or not we’d be able to take a family vacation this year. We decided that we could make time for it and we  began making plans for a trip in September. We love going to Colorado and we thought it would be wonderful to stay in Estes Park and hike in the Rockies.

Can you see where this is going? I promise there will be pictures later in this post… bear with me.

Two days before we were supposed to leave, we heard about massive flooding that was happening on the Front Range. People began telling us that we’d better change our plans because we’d never make it to Estes Park. I am ashamed to say that I was SO upset. How selfish is that? Thousands of people were being evacuated and their communities were devastated and I was mad because I couldn’t go on vacation.


We ended up making a last-minute Plan B to go to Custer State Park in South Dakota instead. I wondered, “Lord, what are you teaching me in all of this? I’ve been looking forward to this trip for so long!” In my devotions the next day, I found His answer. 

You will not find My peace by engaging in excessive planning… Just  when you think you have prepared for all the possibilities, something unexpected pops up and throws things into confusion… Turn from the path of planning to the path of Peace.
September 17 of ‘Jesus Calling



I knew that this is what my Heavenly Father was teaching me. My mind cannot plan for all of the ‘what ifs’. I was not created to be in control of my future. 

In his heart, a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.
Proverbs 16:9



So on this trip, I challenged myself to just be. I didn’t plan our entire schedule on the first night of the trip. I didn’t inform my husband of what our plans were… I stayed quiet so he could decide what we would do as a family.

And you know what? It was awesome.



We had a wonderful time. The Black Hills are beautiful. We loved roaming around the park and exploring with Isaiah. I relished the opportunity to play with my camera instead of working with it. 



Commit your way to the LORD, trust also in Him, and He shall bring it to pass.
Psalm 37:5



To be continued…

About the author

Rachel Gnagy

Rachel Gnagy is a wife, mother, photographer, and coffee lover. She began Inscribed Design & Photography with the goal of inspiring others to experience God’s character and glory through her work. Rachel specializes in senior portraits, engagements and weddings, and fine art photography. She and her husband, Samuel, have three precious children, two boys and a girl.
Rachel began writing with Her View From Home in 2012 and loves the opportunity to communicate with other women. She shares her own images, photography tips, and favorite recipes.


  • Awesome story and great devotion. I’m going to forward his to my brother and his new wife who were to be married between Lyons and Estes on Sept 14th. Nine months of planning their “dream wedding” and less than 24 hrs to replan the wedding at a new location in Colorado Springs.

  • Oh, Launa! That is so sad – I cannot imagine having to change all of my wedding plans in 24 hours. Thankfully the marriage is more important than the wedding – blessings to them as they begin their journey together! I hope this post can be an encouragement to them.