Sometimes being a Christ follower feels like being a child who has no idea that they are going to Disneyland in the morning.
The child wakes up, goes about his day, plays with best friend and eats dinner. His parents call a little family meeting following dessert, saying that they have something important to share. Then they drop the bomb: “We’re going to Disneyland. Tomorrow!”
The child’s parents are pretty smart. They know that their child will get really excited, which in and of itself is not a bad thing. But they also know that their child will ask them incessantly when they’re going, the details of what they’ll be doing, what they should bring, if they can bring a friend along, and on and on. By waiting, the parents shorten the time they have to endure the questions (“Will we see Donald Duck? Can I eat cotton candy for lunch?”) and also the time the child has to attempt to persuade them about any of the details (“But [insert childhood best friend’s name here] loves Mickey Mouse and has never been to Disneyland!”).
Following the will of God is a lot like this little scenario. If God were to reveal to us days, months or even years in advance what he’s asking us to do or the plan he has for us, we would drive ourselves nuts. Our excitement about God’s will could very well drive us to make it happen on our own, orchestrating details too early or in the wrong order. Or it could lead us to asking countless questions about the who, what, when, where, why and how of it all. Or it could ultimately lead us away from God, either because the plan too big, too small, too scary or too outrageous for us to comprehend.
While I don’t like being kept in the dark about major events or plans for my life – I’m an organizer, after all – I am coming to a comfortable conclusion that I just don’t have all the details to make plans like the ones God has for me. He knows my thoughts; he knows my feelings; he knows my dreams; and he knows how to orchestrate it all with his divine and master plan.
And so I reluctantly but happily sit back and wait for God to have the “We’re going to Disneyland” conversation with me. Until then, I’ll go about my day, chat with my best friends and make some dinner.