I can’t live on the mountain top forever… but sometimes, I’d like to stay up here a little bit longer.
My plans are comedic. My plans are tragic. Most often, they’re just com-agedies where everything falls apart in the end and as painful and sad as that is, everyone who’s witness to them are left laughing at my wake… and expense, including me! But that’s the problem: I’m always trying make things happen instead of allowing God to orchestrate His plans in my life. You know, I never planned on going to Africa… never wanted to go. Didn’t just have a desire NOT to go, but literally had an AVERSION to going. At one point, told The Lord “Sure, Lord… I’ll go into ministry and do this whole ‘music’ thing. But only if You promise I won’t have to go to Africa or something crazy like that…!” I thought I heard Him say “Okay, it’s a deal.” Apparently, I must have heard wrong. Six trips (and counting) later, and I laugh every time I step off the plane in Uganda. I love it and even now, I’m already looking forward to the next trip which can’t come soon enough for me. At some point, we give our plans to The Lord and let go of things. I know that I still get into His planning of things and can mess it up on occasion but it gets easier and easier.
The heart of man plans his way,
but the LORD establishes his steps.
You have given your plans to The Lord. Now walk in assurance that He has established your plans as His and His as yours… they are united by His Spirit and are one in the same. Be bold today and walk in this assurance tomorrow. Walking in the established and intentional steps God has laid out before me… there could be no more sure-footed road then this! Who can come against any plan that the Almighty has now established?! Whether going to Africa or simply going into work on another “seemingly” ordinary day, know that when you’ve willingly given the direction of your life over to Him, He will establish your steps. And life will be anything but ordinary no matter what it “seems” to look like to an outside world that cannot possible understand the Will nor the Ways of the Most High!
Peace, Sean Gutteridge
12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.
13 You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart.
14 I will be found by you, declares the LORD, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares the LORD, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile.