Friday, July 6, 2012
Do I Want Predictable?
Ok, I keep going back to this today...
"If you want God to surprise you, you have to give up control. You will lose a measure of predictability, but you will begin to see God move in uncontrollable ways!" a quote from Mark Batterson's 'The Circle Maker' (our Chick Chat Book Club selection for July)
Is it just me or has that been one of the hardest lessons to learn as you have grown - to relinquish control?
You know, the type of control that can keep you captive to complacency, to fear, to the compromise you shouldn't make, and to unfulfilled dreams.
I'm still learning to give up control. I do well in some areas but I'm understanding its about ALL control. The control of all relationships, of calling, and of tomorrow... it was never anything I had a handle on anyway :)
‘Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’ Isaiah 41:10
What I want to say to you and to myself today is this: Christ didnt come that far, give that much, and give up that much, only to leave us to our own devices... He came to conquer!
But not only to conquer death and the grave eternally for us. He also came to conquer the here and now - to overcome that which we let stand in our way, that which He can remove in His power to give us the life we are designed to live!
I want to try harder to let go and let Him bring me the things He wishes to give me - blessings beyond what my mind can see thats best for me.
Did he not tell us in Isaiah 55:9 that 'For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.' ?
So I also remember Ephesians 3:20... 'Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.'
My feeble mind is predictable - He isn't. I don't want what I can do - I want the 'more' He is waiting to do... Are you with me?!
Joyful on the Journey