“Do it in God’s time, not yours.”
“Just wait and let God lead your way.”
“Pray for God to let you know when the time is right.”
How many times have you heard any or some of those words uttered to you? Why on earth do we have to wait for God to tell us? Why can’t we just jump right in and do it? Why can’t we just take control of the wheel and move forward?
Qualities like humility, self-control, and patience are all outlined in the bible as traits of Christ. If we jump and do everything WE want and never consider what God’s plans are – are we really acting like Christ?
Consider this parable that Jesus says to the crowds:
Jesus proposed another parable to the crowds, saying: “The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a man who sowed good seed in his field. While everyone was asleep his enemy came and sowed weeds all through the wheat, and then went off. When the crop grew and bore fruit, the weeds appeared as well. The slaves of the householder came to him and said, ‘Master, did you not sow good seed in your field? Where have the weeds come from?’ He answered, ‘An enemy has done this.’ His slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us to go and pull them up?’ He replied, ‘No, if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat along with them. Let them grow together until harvest; then at harvest time I will say to the harvesters, “First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles for burning; but gather the wheat into my barn.”’
What caught my eye in this parable was God’s reply when the people wanted to pull up all the weeds before harvest time (aka – go through with their own plan and forget about God’s plan). He says, “No if you pull up the weeds you might uproot the wheat.” When we go ahead with our plans, we uproot God’s plan. We mess up the beautiful piece of art that God is creating for us. When we don’t consider God before we act we are being prideful, self indulgent and impatient (not to mention control maniacs).
Most of us spend our days controlling everything. Controlling our kids, our schedules, our work associates, our spouses, and our friends. No wonder it is so hard for us to let God take the reins!
That is just what he is asking us to do.
I promise you there will be greatness even when it seems impossible.
In order for that to happen though, we have to be open to His plan.
Push our own plans aside.
Know that He loves us and will provide everything we need.