I know you have all been waiting with bated breath to hear how the first of my twelve days of Christmas for 2010 went. (Ha Ha)
Well, exhale and be prepared to be disappointed.
Was there ever a time in your life when you received a message from God and it seemed so clear how things would go? Then as time progressed events didn’t unfold quite like you thought they would or should. Maybe the message was still clear but the avenue of execution was looking like a different story altogether. That’s my life this month.
I still feel strongly about taking the spirit of Christmas through the entire year, but I’m also beginning to realize it likely won’t be as neat and prettily packaged as I thought. For example, I didn’t count on dealing with a season of Why Bother (read about that here). I also didn’t expect to be so preoccupied with the after effects of the Haitian earthquake and how God might want me to respond to that crisis.
There have been a couple other opportunities that I couldn’t have anticipated and they look nothing like what I thought God was going to have me doing to celebrate Christmas in January. I like checking boxes, one for the 25th of each month. God’s not into boxes so much. He’s more concerned with how these experiences grow my heart and draw me closer to Him.
So I’m learning how to adjust my plans (no matter how well-intentioned) to be in line with God’s plans and also to look for the opportunities each day to be God’s hands and feet, however that may look. Who knows what things will look like in February? Not you and not me, but God knows and I have confidence that He will continue to provide the invitations and the way to accomplish whatever plan He has for me.
So stay tuned, if you dare, to see how this journey will unfold. I have a feeling that it’s going to accomplish what God wants even if it looks nothing like I think it should. It should be interesting if nothing else!