One of the guys in our shop asked if I would meet with him for prayer, Bible study, and talking life together. I said, “Great” and we set Thursday mornings for our get-togethers.
Ray* and I are still getting to know each other and he shared how God is at work in his life and the life of a family member he is distant from. A few years ago, he would have never expected that he could have a relationship with her after the rift that separated them. Even when he came to Christ, he did not think he would ever have a good relationship with this relative. Then she came to Christ and they are rebuilding their trust relationship. Who knows what might happen next.
Ray encouraged me this morning to be open to the Lord’s plan and never think that there are any closed doors. How often have any of us said, “Well, THAT will never happen!” Then the thing we thought could never happen becomes plan A.
Right now, Cheryl and I would really love for our home in Oregon to sell. Houses around it are selling, but our house is not garnering any offers. What’s up with that, Lord? We have had more than one (Oregon) friend tell us that He is saving that house for our move back. That is not in our plans, but might the Lord have a different plan?
It is easy to over think our circumstances and discount the seemingly remote possibilities that could unfold. When something does not go our way, we may cry out in despair, “What now, GOD?!?” If we are really bent on having our own way, we could yell more defiantly, “What NOW, God??” (You’ll have to rely on your own voicing to make it sound desperate or defiant).
What I heard in Ray’s encouragement was to come to the circumstance with an attitude of anticipation and ask, “What now, God? What is your plan and how can I get on board? I want what you want.” That’s not far from Jesus’ prayer he taught us to pray, “Your will be done.”
Are you considering a next step or feel like you are moving into a new season of life? Do you have a plan? What if the Lord wants something entirely different for you? I hope that you (and I) are prepared to do the unthinkable, to go with the plans the Lord makes, that give us hope and a future, even when they were not our idea to begin with. Here’s to the attitude of anticipation in our hearts as we joyfully ask, “What now, God?”
*name and circumstances have been changed.