Jostling the pieces

Never pray for patience…because God will surely answer your prayers and give you plenty of opportunity to practice patience!  Or at least that’s how the story goes, right?

Well there must be a similar saying about planning your future as well….just yesterday I wrote, “I know not what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future.  And that’s enough.  More than enough.”  And it’s true, it’s very true.  I don’t know what our future holds, and even when I think I have some idea, a surprise comes along and shocks me.

Today’s been like that – a little shocking, a little surprising.  Nothing bad by any means.  Just something that makes you go hmmm….You see, I thought I had all the puzzle pieces generally laid out on the table.  I wasn’t exactly sure what picture they would form when put together.  But today someone brushed by the table, jostled things a little, and I’m left wondering – just how much do I trust Him, and how much do I trust my own plans?

Yesterday I said I looked forward to the future with great anticipation and joy.  And it’s true, it’s very true.  I think God just might have broadened a few horizons today.  He reminded me some of the “givens” aren’t necessarily so.

“Will you trust me?” He asks.  And confidently, excitedly, nervously, I nod yes.

How is God jostling your table of puzzle pieces that you’ve neatly laid out and organized?  How does He desire to expand your horizons?  Sometimes all it takes is being open to listening.  Every potential opportunity that comes along may not always lead to the “obvious” results – but they may just heighten your awareness for something that is yet to come.  How do you respond to new opportunities?  Do you respond with an automatic “NO!”, or a prayerful “maybe”?

Trust in the Lord, and do good;
dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,
and your justice as the noonday.

—Psalm 37:3-6