I’m not a planner. Indeed, spontaneity is fun for me & I enjoy being agile for various adventures, mostly. But I’ve come to appreciate that planning can often make things better & so I’ve learned to value the process.
With that said, I’m learning that God is both the Perfect Planner & Playful Partner. I can see the strategic hand of God when I look back at various seasons & experiences. But let’s also be willing to follow God moment by moment in nimble obedience & undisputed trust!
I’ve been reading about how King David in the Bible wanted to bring the Ark of the Covenant (God’s presence) up to Jerusalem. His first attempt to move the Ark was disastrous – a guy was killed. In David’s second attempt, he made sure that everyone followed God’s directions on how to transport the Ark.
My take away from this story is that we must always treat God with respect & reverence, never thinking that we can do things our way & ignore God’s directives, presence or preferences. We can revel in God’s presence but not at the expense of reverence 🙂
I had an interesting conversation w a friend the other day about what it means to love Jesus – we express our love for Jesus by doing what He tells us to do (obedience). My friend was really intense about the idea of DOING what Jesus says, heavy emphasis on activity.
I walked away from our conversation w a bit of unease & I’ve been thinking about this over the last week or so & I’ve come to the conclusion that obeying Jesus has 2 parts: activity & attitude. If I do the right things but have the wrong attitude & heart, my actions will seem disingenuous & even dishonoring. If my attitude is squeaky clean but my actions are inconsistent, I appear to be a hypocrite. Obedience includes actions & attitudes and my sense is that we desperately need the Holy Spirit working in our daily living to Help us with our actions & attitudes 😀