I had a day all planned out. My daily planner had pencil notations from 10:00 this morning all the way to 8:00 tonight. Do you ever have days like that? Actually, I used up a lot of pencil lead writing in this week’s calendar. Yesterday I was wondering how I would handle it all. I thought I might be a little looney by week’s end. Those who know me well know I tend to dramatize the happenings in my life. I might get a little excited. Sometimes I might even get theatrical. Sometimes…
My urban dictionary says that “to go with the flow” means: To not attempt to exert a large amount of influence on the course of events, whether a specific series of events or events in general. A person who does this is often referred to as “laid-back” or “easygoing”.
Do you hear me laughing out loud?! Do you picture me rolling on the floor laughing? Never in a million days on this earth would I consider myself “laid-back” or “easygoing.” Ask my husband. He’ll tell ya.
My last post was titled, Surprise In The Sunrise. So, I guess today I’m having to walk my talk. (Surprise-Surprise!!)
Only You, God. Only You.
For me, as a child of God, going-with-the-flow means that when He surprises me I need to learn to let the Spirit carry me along. I can’t stress over the surprises that mess with my well-planned and perfect-little-organized-schedule. This morning I needed to erase everything off my personal agenda for the entire day. So. What. Did I really just say that? Oh, my goodness, I think I’ve had a breakthrough! My active imagination pictures God celebrating me today…
Beca-a-A-a-use…in God’s economy, I don’t think He likes it when I plan my days down to the last detail and forget to leave room for Him to manifest some of His awesomeness in my life. I learned a long time ago to use a pencil and not a pen when writing in my daily planner. Scratching through the iron pen of my plans and rewriting His will over the top tends to leave a big mess. If I’m not careful I get all mixed up whose will I’m really following. It’s a lot easier to buy extra erasers to delete my well-thought-out plans when God decides He’s got something better in mind.
“All a man’s ways seem right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the motive. Commit your activities to the Lord and your plans will be achieved.” Proverbs 16:2-3
One of the things I’m discovering about surprises is this, if I believe God is in control of all things and I’ve given Him control of my daily life, then I can trust His surprises to be God-ordained, God-orchestrated, divine opportunities and I can live in the moment knowing I’m right where God would have me to be. I can trust that when I go-with-His-flow and ride-on-His-wings then I’ll find myself in the center of His will and that’s such an amazing thought, a thought that allows me to live in the moment.
Because moments are precious. And I don’t want to waste them on myself…
Moments like now. I’m sitting at my computer typing this post because I’m sitting with a loved one who is very ill. She’s sleeping right now. Yes, I’m typing, but I’m praying, too. Loving…Caring…Encouraging…More Praying. I’m going-with-the-flow. I’m not trying to change things. I’m not fretting. There’s no drama. There’s no theatrics. There’s no stress. There’s just peace.
For once I’m easy-going, but only because my God makes it easier. For once I’m laid-back, but only because I can lay it all down on the altar. God’s in control. He’s in the details. He’s the Master Planner and I want His personal agenda to override mine every single time. There’s such a plethora of awesomeness knowing He planned this day for me and I can honestly say, there’s nowhere else I’d rather be than right here, right smack in the center of His will.
“Many plans are in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21