I am a planner – I like to plan my day, my week and well – I’d plan out my entire year if I could! lol! Are you a planner? I must admit that I was troubled when I read James 4:15 which says – “you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil.” James says to make plans and boast about them is evil!
I remember taking my kids on a penny walk in our old neighborhood. A penny walk is when you go for a walk with a penny and at each corner you allow the children to flip a penny – if it’s heads you turn right, if it’s tails you turn left. Typically we always go on the same path. We are creatures of habit so once we find a way that is comfortable we rarely shift from our comfort zone.
I must admit that the penny walk made me uncomfortable at times. It made me turn and head too far from home when I was tired, it took us past a house I avoid with BIG dogs, it made us go in a a circle one time – which was funny and then the worst thing happened! My son lost his penny! (seriously why do these things happen? lol!) He had a hard time rebounding from his loss and spent the last few minutes of the penny walk crying. What could be worse than losing your penny on a penny walk???
God is my penny.
Although I do believe that God wants me to be organized and wise about how I spend my day – and that requires planning – he does not want me to be so inflexible with my plan, that I do not seek Him and as a result step out of his will for my life. God is my penny – he wants me to ask him – which way do I go Lord? What should I do next? And then he wants me to put my trust in him and follow him.
About 5 years ago, I was in my comfort zone. I had two sweet peas and a husband with a good job. I had the next 5 years of my life planned out – then God brought along a job change for my husband that took me WAY outside my comfort zone. At every turn, my husband and I have sought God – is this the way we should go? God faithfully answered. At the next turn, again we would seek God – now which way do we go? Again, God faithfully answered. Sometimes – like the penny walk – God took us on unknown paths, he took us on paths way outside our comfort zone, he took us on scary paths, and sometimes it felt like we were just spinning in circles going no where at all! But we certainly have not lost our penny!!! And as the penny says right on it “In God We Trust“.
Today’s video was first played over on GoodMorningGirls.org and it is titled My Will Vs. God’s Will:
Boasting About Tomorrow
13 Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— 14 yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. 15 Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. 17 So whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.
If you are at a crossroads today – please don’t go forward without first seeking God. Wait on him to give you direction – and then go forward in peace. When you are walking with God daily – you will know his voice. Draw near to God – be still – listen – what is it that he is trying to tell you? Even if it takes you way outside your comfort zone – go now and obey. In God We Trust.