As you will have noticed, especially if you read regularly, change happens. Let me explain what I mean…. I’m in the middle of a series called ‘5 Days To A Better Life‘. You can check out what it’s all about by clicking here.
It’s been a a series that I wanted to do for a while. It’s really about improving our lives, for the glory of God, by making often very small incremental changes. Ironically, while this sounds simple, it’s so incredibly difficult to actually do.
Anyways, I write today’s post to bring you all up to speed with why I’ve not been posting as regularly lately. Let’s be honest, it must have been the longest 5 day series in the history of the world.
I started the series thinking it would take a total of 6 days including the introduction post. It’s now a matter of weeks later and the series still isn’t complete.
Why the change?
The troubles started while I was away on our annual staff retreat and having less than stellar internet access. From there I had some back-end publishing problems with the system by blog runs. I couldn’t get those issues resolved before heading away for a weeks annual leave. During all this and even now I’ve been coughing and spluttering like there’s no tomorrow. One could say, I’m sick as a dog!
So all in all things have not gone as I planned. At this stage I don’t know when I’ll be able to return to my normal publishing routine. (With that in mind please subscribe now so you don’t have to keep checking in to see if I’ve posted anything).
I don’t tell you all this to complain. My intention is to bring you all up to speed and also share a lesson I continue to learn about life during this season in the hope that it helps you in your journey.
So here goes, this is the lesson;
Life doesn’t always work out the way you want it to.
I know, not very profound but it’s something we all need to be clear on.
Like anyone, I like things to go the way I plan. I like to have my path laid out in front of me. I like to walk out the steps one by one and to reach my chosen destination. BUt, when things don’t go as I planned, my response displays my heart.
In the past I’ve gotten stressed, angry and upset over things like this. I’ve seen my plans as the plan. Somehow, in the middle of it all, I’ve forgotten that I’m not ultimately in control and that I need to submit to God and His will. Instead of trying to take control of the situation, I’ve realised the need to give the situation over to God and His wisdom.
The reality is, some circumstances are outside our control.
While this is true, it’s not easy to let go of your plans and allow God to do as He see’s fit in and through your life. It’s not easy to let go of your picture of the future, especially when it’s a good, God honouring future, you have in mind.
When you step aside from the situation though and take stock of the way things really are, you start to see that some of the things you think really matter, don’t. And, the plans you had can change. Sure they’ll be inconvenience and emotions to deal with, but plans can change.
Sometimes, it seems we’re not the best judge of what’s best for us. God has the unique eternal perspective and we need to surrender to His better viewpoint.
God is good. His plans are perfect. My encouragement to you today, is to plan well, be diligent in doing all you can, but when plans change seek the will of the Father for the change. Look for how you can grow more Christ-like in and through the change. Thank Him for caring enough to constantly be involved in your daily life.
At the very least that’s what I’m trying to do.
Thanks for reading and always encouraging me along the way, I really appreciate it.
Over to you…
How you do you respond to unexpected change? Do you roll with it, or find it difficult? Add your thoughts and comments in the section below. Thanks