If you travel much, you know about change fees you incur each time you rebook a flight, rental car, or train ticket. The policies of various carriers differ, but there is usually some kind of penalty for changing your plans. (If you’re one of the people who have traveled so extensively you now have an account that allows you to rebook without a cost, keep in mind you had a lot of bookings and rebookings to get to that point, so you’ve likely “paid” for that status!)
Consider God’s rebooking policy. When you choose to travel using God’s plans, there is no rebooking necessary. He’s the best trip advisor. He knows the best itinerary, time schedules, layovers, delays, costs and benefits. When you continually check with his plan and stay on track, you’ll be where you need to be. That doesn’t mean everything will go smoothly. You’ll encounter many challenges along the way, because that’s how this life on earth is. We don’t live in the perfection of heaven yet, so we can’t expect it on earth.
If you choose to deter from God’s plans, no matter how off track you get, you can always run to him and ask him to rebook you on the next rerouting back to his plan for you. It might not look exactly like it would have had you followed the original itinerary, because he must weave your changes and choices. But, after all, he already knew how you would detour from his plan, so he had the best plan in mind anyway. Rebooking God’s plan is a bit costly, no matter where along the process you choose it, because it requires you give him something very valuable: yourself. It’s okay. He’s the best travel companion, and he never deserts you.
Dig into God’s Word…
Jesus answered, “The things I teach are not my own, but they come from him who sent me. If people choose to do what God wants, they will know that my teaching comes from God and not from me. Those who teach their own ideas are trying to get honor for themselves. But those who try to bring honor to the one who sent them speak the truth, and there is nothing false in them.” (John 7:16-18)
But we are hoping for something we do not have yet, and we are waiting for it patiently. Also, the Spirit helps us with our weakness. We do not know how to pray as we should. But the Spirit himself speaks to God for us, even begs God for us with deep feelings that words cannot explain. God can see what is in people’s hearts. And he knows what is in the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit speaks to God for his people in the way God wants. We know that in everything God works for the good of those who love him. They are the people he called, because that was his plan. (Romans 8:25-28)
Do not love the world or the things in the world. If you love the world, the love of the Father is not in you. These are the ways of the world: wanting to please our sinful selves, wanting the sinful things we see, and being too proud of what we have. None of these come from the Father, but all of them come from the world. The world and everything that people want in it are passing away, but the person who does what God wants lives forever. (1 John 2:15-17)
Live It Out Loud…
Look at your calendar for the upcoming several days. What needs to change to match God’s agenda? Consider how much you’ve planned based on your own preferences and responsibilities and before asking God for his preferences and responsibilities. The two often match up, but don’t assume what you want—just because it’s consistent with who God is—is what God wants. The content of what’s going on might be God-guided without the timing being God-guided. Don’t proceed and ask him to cover the steps you’ve already taken. Ask him to guide the steps you need to take next. Change at least one thing in your schedule for the next several days; choose something you’re not positive you chose because of God’s guidance.