Already There, 05FEB
I pray for my logistics often when to travel to visit my family up north, especially when I hear of my Dad’s failing health, I quiet the “drop everything” thought to think about my own children – what’s the best plan? My Dad would expect me to choose my children over him. It is a balance and I am blessed with a full plate. So, I prayed to find that window of opportunity and it came – I’m traveling this morning then back tomorrow.
I believe in finding the right window by being an opportunist and planner, and after starting to put my ducks in a row, I was realizing that they are the Lord’s ducks anyway, I should let Him organize my thoughts and plans. He did.
Clearly I was meant to see this scripture passage, I felt the message DIRECTLY SPEAKING TO ME, John 6:19-21, I NEVER saw the last sentence before. How perfect it is for explaining how we are to listen and sort life out. Logistics are best handled in the Lord’s wheelhouse, ALWAYS.
When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. But he said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.” Then they were willing to take him into the boat, and IMMEDIATELY the boat reached the shore where they were heading.
I never imagined the finest little detail in this scripture to be the most important direction in my life. But it is TRUTH for all of us: They were willing to take Jesus into their boat and IMMEDIATELY the boat reached where they were heading.
We listen for Jesus and when we welcome Him, we reach the destination that He has already planned us going to. This is both small scale and heaven scale. Heaven-scale destination is our salvation by welcoming Him into our lives, realizing to give up control and letting Him steer our boat and life. Heaven-scale by allowing Him to put fire in our veins and burning His fuel to reach whom He wants us to reach. Heaven-scale by knowing He already knows the destination.
Small scale is also true. When I looked at my options for travel this week (and so many times) and said: “Lord, You know how to sort this out”, He did. [FYI – it WAS the perfect window because I got back home before a strong winter storm hit the next morning, dumped 12 inches of snow in less than 6 hours. God DID know the right window for me.]
Small scale is everyday scale – when I place my day of endless loose ends into His hands, He leads me on the right thread. I ask: what’s most important for me to do? When I evaluate my options, He sees me doing my part to settle the dust in my head – therefore He can shine the light brighter in the direction I am intended to go. But we are not to sit and wait – we must do our part and start rowing.
In the boat, we best let His Spirit be the “wind inside my sails, the anchor in the waves”… Can you imagine Jesus walking to you? He is.
Listen to Jesus and allow Him to save you small scale and Heaven-scale. Know His voice. Welcome Him and don’t be afraid for He knows the Plan.
Listen to Jesus and give Him the credit where credit is due.
Let the Lord establish your plans and you will get already there.
John 10:27-28 (KJV)
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.
James 4:13-15 (ESV)
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go into such and such a town and spend a year there and trade and make a profit”— yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Instead you ought to say, “If the Lord wills, we will live and do this or that.”
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.