Do you know someone who is task-oriented? You know what I’m talking about – always has a plan, likes to solve problems, is seldom caught unprepared for anything … Well, that’s me! I am a planner – which is great for getting things done, but is sometimes a bit lacking in the “flexibility” department!
I was thinking this week about a conversation I had with my daughter-in-law a couple of years ago. It makes me laugh now, and went something like this:
Her: I think my husband is pretty much a “spur of the moment” kind of guy. He just likes to pick up and go.
Me: But if you don’t make a plan then what happens if you don’t have enough gas to get where you’re going, or enough diapers for the day? What if you have a flat tire and don’t have AAA?
Her: But Mom, that’s when you just have fun figuring it out! It’s an adventure finding the gas or fixing the tire.
How long has it been since I saw a flat tire as an adventure? Or not filled up my gas tank when it got below ¼ tank? More importantly, how can I be truly useful to God if I’m not prepared to be flexible and go on His adventures on His time?
What about Romans 8:28, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose”?
Or Philippians 4:19, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus”?
Or Psalm 27:1, “The LORD is my light and my salvation;whom shall I fear? The LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid”?
Don’t get me wrong – there’s nothing wrong with a good plan (I LOVE a good plan)! But when the need to accomplish a task becomes more important than a relationship, or prevents me from spontaneously responding to the direction of the Holy Spirit – then I’ve got a problem!
Dear Jesus, I want to do Your will in my life every moment. Help me to let go of what is “comfortable” to me in order to see what YOU have for me today. Not my way, not my will, Lord – but THINE be done!