Isn’t it comforting to know what to expect and to plan accordingly?
I think surprises are great and everything. But I personally enjoy occasions more, when I’ve been looking forward to them, preparing mentally and physically.
I’ve already hinted in some of my posts about my personality and how I’m trying to learn to loosen up.
However some things in life are more enjoyable when I’m okay with the unexpected, and I’m always more aware of fun opportunities when I realize that spontaneity is not a bad thing.
As a planner by nature, I couldn’t help but ponder the command that Jesus gave His disciples as they set out on their journey.
He told them: “Take nothing for the journey- no staff, no bag, no bread, no money, no extra tunic.”
So they set out and went from village to village, preaching the gospel and healing people everywhere.
I’m sure that the disciples obeyed Him. Maybe it wasn’t as hard for them as it would’ve been for me. This short sentence from Jesus might sound trivial, but it’s monumental to me. Just imagine if He hadn’t said it. If I were there, preparing to go on a journey with Jesus, I would’ve had lots of question to help me pack adequately:
Where will we be going?
What will the weather be like there?
How long will we be in each place?
Will there be an ATM or should I pack cash?
How much will I need?
Can I wash my clothes there?
Shouldn’t we call ahead to make reservations?
When will we be back?
If we’re really going to be walking that far, shouldn’t I have started training a month ago?
Yet as I focus on planning, I begin to doubt. My hope is erroneously found in how the events sync with my expectations.
Following Jesus is not about relying on the things we packed.
It’s about trusting that He is more than we ever need.
Does it sound risky to you, to follow Jesus without knowing what lies ahead?
Following Jesus, the author of the universe, our personal Savior and friend, might be unpredictable.
But it might be the smartest thing we could possibly do.
A few verses later in Luke, Jesus takes 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish to feed over 5,000 people!
They all ate and were satisfied, and the disciples picked up 12 basketfuls of broken pieces that were left over.
Although I like to plan for the routine things in life, I’m learning that following Jesus does not require calculations and analysis.
The laws of nature don’t apply to Him.
He is above His creation.
There’s no need to plan ahead in the journey with Jesus.
Knowing Him, trusting Him, obeying Him is all that’s required of us.
And He will provide for us beyond our wildest dreams!
joy: Jesus is MORE than I need, and He is here!