Happy Saturday Community.
This is Pastor Kurt checking in. How many of you thought back in February that this would be our life? I had plans: Spring Break, the kids’ sports schedules, birthday parties, hanging with our friends, work, play, and the list goes on. My Google Calendar was full of my stuff. What were your plans? How have they changed?
Our Bible study this week Wednesday was from James 4:13-17, where we read, “13 Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” 14 Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. 15 Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” 16 As it is, you boast in your arrogant schemes. All such boasting is evil. 17 If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them.”
So – what is the Lord’s Will? Evidently, I’m a mist that appears for a little while – and the Eternal God – He has different plans for us this Spring. It doesn’t seem arrogant to me to make plans. We are saving for our kids’ college – not that we will ever have enough for that. We plan out our days. We fill our schedules. We think about the future. We make plans. And all this time – I never once saw it as arrogant. I was being prepared. Plans are good. I know what I want out of my life. And I’m preparing. But for the last 49 days – none of that has really happened the way I planned. Today or tomorrow we will do this or that… Nope. And I won’t lie and tell you that I’m happy about it all the time. But…
Some days – I mourn the loss. Some days – I enjoy the change of pace. Some days – I’m really frustrated. Other days – usually when the sun is shining – I take a walk and listen to the Lord. And I ask – What’s your will in all of this? And I really do expect Him to answer – He just hasn’t made it totally clear yet – and maybe He never will.
I don’t know yet what He’s up to – but a few things I have heard from Him: “I love you. You are my child. You don’t have to be afraid. I am in control. Slow down. Listen. I’ve got this. Your stuff isn’t as important as you thought it was. Your family is. Your faith is. I am.
And this week – He said to me – In the famous words of 38 Special – “Hold on loosely.” Now – there’s no deep spiritual meaning in their song. But if you ever thought that you were in control, and that you could plan out your days, and that all those things really mattered – well – guess what? That’s arrogant. It’s self-centered. “You don’t even know what will happen tomorrow.” And that’s a good thing. God is in control. And it’s pretty obvious that we aren’t. So, we don’t have to be afraid.
My verse of the day from my YouVersion App on Thursday was Isaiah 41:10: "10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
So, I don’t know what life has looked like for you the past 49 days. But I do know this – God does. And it may feel like He’s far away. It may seem like He’s abandoned you. But – He’s not – and He hasn’t. He will strengthen you and help you and uphold you. That’s what He wants to do. That’s His Plan. So, ask Him – God – What’s your plan for me in all of this? And then – Wait…Breathe…Listen…Wait some more…Listen some more…Breathe…and Wait. Hold on Loosely. Because maybe your plan wasn’t that good in the first place. God has a plan. Ask Him about it.