I’m a planner. I like the known. Map it out and work it through.
But God won’t always cooperate. He makes his own plans and doesn’t always fill me in.
So I had to do it it his way again last week. Just show up. Totally unplanned.
I received a call to make a call. I didn’t want to. I knew it could splinter a hundred different directions. But for once I didn’t overthink it and I just dialed the number.
The response was immediate: “Can you come over for a few hours?”
Because God knows me well, he’d already planned it out so I’d have no excuses. I had to go.
And to pray all the way, “Lord, I’m only showing up. That’s it. Anything else you need, bring your own power to get it done.”
I arrived to a messy situation. Tensions were high. Relationships were straining. So the plan is . . . ? Who’s got the plan???
We had to wing it. Let the plan unfold with another phone call here, a text there. Another drive and then another.
One step at a time. No end game in sight.
Just show up—put my body in the space—and let God take it from there.
And God did. Because he does have the plan. Always. He knows it and he works it. He can do it with or without our help, but he’d prefer our cooperation for our own good.
The circumstances I found myself in stayed messy all night, even though we worked out a plan a piece at a time. When I finally returned home, I still had questions about it—maybe even more than when I started. But I didn’t have doubts that God had had a plan, even when I hadn’t.
We don’t have to know the plan. Or have the skills or the confidence to carry it out.
Or even the courage. Just the presence. With a dash of faith, God will do the rest.
If we’ll just show up. Even when we have no plan.
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Do you like well-laid plans, too? Or do you work better spontaneously?
Where do you need to show up this week? Please share in the comments.
- Memorizing Isaiah 55:10
- My reading list for April 2014