Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Why Do You Think There Are Erasers On Pencils?

If you have ever taken a math class, you know why there are erasers on pencils. But the people who make pencils put a lot of confidence in us. They give us a long piece of lead with a relatively short piece of eraser. Now that is positive thinking, don't you think? But erasers are not just for correcting mistakes. Not only can they be used for correcting mistakes, but they can also be used for changing plans too. How many times have we heard the phrase, "pencil me in for this week?" We use this phrase because we have learned just how quickly our best-made plans can fall through. In the grand scheme of things, we are bound to change some plans.

Everyday, I am making my schedule in pencil instead of pen because I know things can change in a fraction of a second. As a teacher, I make plans every week but seldom am I able to stick to those plans to the letter. Something always seems to come up to derail even the best plan; I have learned to be flexible. If we expect the unexpected, how can anything truly be unexpected? So each day, I am making my plans in pencil but giving God the eraser. He knows what is best for me, so each time one of my plans gets changed, I will assume that the Lord had a better one. I am seeking His will for my life everyday. I don't always know His will each day, but I still must do two things: Make my plans to the best of my ability, but be willing to allow Him to alter those plans as He sees fit. Thank God for His erasers!

Proverbs 16: 9 says, "A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps."

Father, thank you for Your perfect erasers. I am willing to alter all my plans based on Your perfect will. In You, I have placed my total trust. In Jesus name, Amen.


  1. It takes a willingness to believe that God knows what's good for us.
    "Shall not the judge of the world do right?" I'll be following your blog!
    Mr. Woolf

  2. I'm personally, really glad that those erasers are there. I'm glad God allows us to "erase" our sins by simply asking for forgiviness. I guess that would sort of make prayers (erasers.)
    I'm actually always wearing my erasers off the pencil before my pencil gets used up. I guess that's why they make the little stick on ones...especially handy when I'm doing math :)
    Blessings, Jerelene