Have you ever had a really good plan? I mean you knew that it was the best next step and you were prepared to take it? This year I laid out a plan. I wrote out a calendar. I even shared it with a few others. I knew the plan. I knew the best next strategic plan for our church, for our family and I was so excited about it. I even prayed over it and about it. I sought counsel! I did all the things you are suppose to do….
Then all of a sudden, the plan isn’t working. Things happened. Big things. Little things. Medium things… and all of the sudden I don’t know the plan. I know Who is writing the plan and I trust Him, but the plan I had isn’t the plan anymore.
Instead the new uncharted unplanned plan is leading me to intense time of prayer. It is leading me to lead others in a time of spiritual renewal and seeking. Instead the new plan will involve a huge construction project in the middle of Easter Season. In the middle of what I thought I would be doing, I find myself on my knees more and learning to wait in the hallway of unopened doors. The new plan requires more faith than perhaps I have ever had. The new plan will ask me to take risk, make big decisions. The new plan will propel me, my family and my church into the next chapter a little quicker than I thought we would go.
Maybe like me you thought you knew the plan…and like me you find yourself just riding the waves of uncharted territory. I am thankful that even in the middle of the new plan I can rest in Him, Jesus. He is the author and perfecter of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), is He not? He knows what each chapter looks like from beginning to end, and He laid it all out before I even took my first breath.
So today I fall to my knees a little more frequent. I learn new things about Him and His next step and I throw my plan into the wind….
Best laid plans…
Sometimes the turn in the road ahead is the one we needed to take after all — even though it is uncharted territory and the path we were on felt much more comfortable. I have learned to give it to God more easily and more often than I ever have before. I have been at a crossroads and am about to take new turns as well. Let’s do this together — with each other, our church and with Him! #trust #lovemychurch
I just read January’s blog — did you notice how you ended it? “This year I can’t script what will take place but this I know…He is already there and I can trust him!” And so it goes… <3 #trust
Yesterday, while you were preaching, I couldn’t stop thinking that “It’s just a wall, it’s just a wall”. If people were going to come to church on Easter or will be invited to come on Easter…the fence won’t stop them once they get to the parking lot. The hard part is making the decision to “come to church.” Please don’t think they will turn around and go home when they see the fence. A newcomer has already tackled the hard part. It took me years to just “go to church” and one silly fence isn’t going to stop me.