“Believe me: I am in my Father and my Father is in me. If you can’t believe that, believe what you see—these works. The person who trusts me will not only do what I’m doing but even greater things, because I, on my way to the Father, am giving you the same work to do that I’ve been doing. You can count on it. From now on, whatever you request along the lines of who I am and what I am doing, I’ll do it. That’s how the Father will be seen for who he is in the Son. I mean it. Whatever you request in this way, I’ll do.
Did you know that God’s agendas are never ours? Do realize that when God has something planned it’s almost completely opposite than we expect? If I have to say it a million times even to myself then I will, “God has it planned out already. Believe in Jeremiah 29:11 and begin to ask God for the next step rather than trying so hard to figure out what to do next.”
So often we have ourselves so wrapped up in the “what do we do next” mode that we miss what God has for us already. God has a perfect plan and purpose for our lives and if He just opened up the book and showed it to us we would run so fast in the other direction we would be a distant shadow of what God intended for us. If only we would stand still and listen to that still small voice directing us, we could stop trying so hard.
Just today I caught myself doing this. Why am I trying so hard to make sense of my job or my dance group or what to do with my aging dad? All I need to do is crawl into my prayer closet and curl up in Daddy’s lap. What do I do instead? Come up with grandeous ideas and things to do to get God to work in my life. I sometimes just shake my head at myself. It’s like I can blog all these great things that God can do, yet I don’t apply it to my life. It’s frustrating sometimes because I know that I know that I know that I KNOW it’s as easy as a simple prayer, “God…What’s next on the agenda?”
I think I shared that when I started this dance group I argued with God. “When will I have time? No one is going to show up.” The Devil tried to get me to quit. Next I injured my back and missed a practice. THEN, I was healed on Sunday and my back is better than new. So tonight when we were practicing the pastor came to us with a proposal and in that tiny moment of time I knew God had something so big in mind for our little group that it would be almost surreal. The funny part in all of this is that it’s not about our group. It’s not about our insecurities. It’s not about performing. It is all about advancing His Kingdom.
I am excited to see what God is up to. We are about to step into something we never saw coming. My spirit is excited to experience this next adventure with God. I know that I will not be able to figure out the steps on my own and I will need to seek Him more strongly than ever before. I will need to be quiet and stand still even when I want to run ahead. It is His plan, not mine. I challenge each of us this week to stop trying to frost our own cake and allow God to cover it with so much icing we can’t move! Surrender is the word. Not moving is the game. Peace is the prize.
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 NLT
About a week ago I was captivated by this marvelous sunset on Lake Michigan. As I was trying to capture its’ beauty I noticed just to the left of the lighthouse flashing blue lights in the water and in summer that only means one thing, they were looking for someone. I stopped taking pictures and began to pray for the victim and the family, not knowing how long the person had been missing.
I got home and checked Facebook (as we don’t watch television) and discovered a 15 year old young girl had drowned around 7:30 pm and they were trying to locate her. Her body was actually not discovered until two days later late in the evening. What a sad tragedy for this family. We can dwell on the fact that there were warnings. We can debate whether she was a strong enough swimmer. We can argue that we should have done something else. We can blame the city for not enough accessible life rings. What good would all of that do? A family has lost a member and that’s where the focus has got to be.
Sometimes we just have to come to a place where we know it was God’s will and we need to be at peace with that. Does it not say in the Bible that He turns all things to good? We need to find that place in our existence where we trust all the parts of the Bible and begin to apply it to our lives. My heart grieves with the family and I fully recognize the loss yet I know God had a plan. He may have used this to touch the hearts of people in and around the family. He possibly touched hearts in the community and on the rescue teams. He already knew this was going to happen if we believe in Jeremiah 29:11.
All in all I just want to convey that we need to know that we know that we know God is in control. We need to begin to fully rely on God and trust in His plan for each of our lives. As my heart goes out to the family, I pray they recover quickly from the loss of their little girl. I know God will send comfort to all who are in mourning. Soon they will be able to see that God was not angry or out to get anyone, He just has plans sometimes which we do not comprehend.