I come from a long line of sensible people. Church going folks. I always assumed the two concepts go hand-in-hand. You know what? I can’t say I’ve ever found the word sensible in the Bible. Okay, so I decided I needed to look that up and since cyberspace provides worlds of opportunity I can tell you that one quick click revealed that the word appears just twice in the entire Bible. Twice! So, since my “sensible” approach to life is no longer working and since it seems the Lord has crazy and amazing (though not entirely defined yet) plans for me, I’m thinking that with just two uses of the word “sensible” that’s not much of an endorsement for MY PLAN. Well, as it happens my sensible approach is no longer working anyway . . . so it’s time to totally trust in the Lord.
Trust. I don’t like that word. When people say “trust me” it usually means “I know you’re not going to like this, but . . . “ You know, it’s not unlike those times someone has tried to get me to taste something I thought looked “funny” and they wouldn’t tell me what it was, but said it “tastes like chicken.” Well, the only thing I care to consume that tastes like chicken is chicken. Seriously. So, back to trusting. Not a fan of trusting humans. Experience hasn’t changed my thoughts on that, but trusting in the Lord . . . hmmm. So, back to my Bible research. As it happens, my results for “trust” were quite a bit different compared to my research on “sensible.” That word appears 164 times. Okay, that’s an improvement of about 98.5 percent!
So, I’m going with trust. I’m listening to the Lord. Seems I’m not the only one in favor of throwing out sensible in favor of something better. Here are a few related opinions on a different approach to life.
“Destiny is not a matter of chance, it is a matter of
choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing
to be achieved.” — Jeremy Kitson
“In each of us are places where we have never gone. Only
by pressing the limits do you ever find them.”— Dr. Joyce Brothers
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by
the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do.
So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor.
Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.
Discover.” — Mark Twain
But I trust in you, O LORD; I say, “You are my God.” –Psalm 31:14
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I sit here seeing only ruin around me and being unable to climb out of its vastness and praying somehow His purpose in it will come to fruition. I realize I may not see His purpose but there is peace to be found in knowing He uses all things. As I did a bit of reading just now, this quote came to me:
All the flowers of tomorrow are the seeds of today.
– Anonymous –
It seems in life there are times when we, or I, are called to be the compost nourishing the seeds from which tomorrow’s flowers grow. These times can be uncomfortable and even painful, but if it blesses the Lord, it is good.
A new season is coming and the flowers will bloom!
The pieces will all come together. He will see to it.
(quilt is my work)
Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.
– Alan Cohen –
Trusting in the Lord to lead us means we don’t have to see the plan, run the spreadsheet, have all the long-range steps mapped out. We just need to follow Him and the mystery becomes clear and the sun shines brighter than we ever knew it could!
I just heard it said that Stephen Foster who wrote the song “Oh, Susanna” was paid all of $100.00 for his work. The song is part of our history . . . who doesn’t know the song and like it or not successfully hum it . . . maybe right now as you read this? Gosh, it seemed pitiful to have a man who wrote something generations know by heart to have earned so little. My instant reaction was that he should surely have been more successful.
Then, I reconsidered. Know what? This time the song and its author gave me hope, joy, and encouragement. We bloggers do not make money directly from our blogs, most of us, but if success is doing what the Lord calls us to do, our work through Him is successful. Being His servant and saying yes comes with a price, but not $100.00. The price was Jesus blood shed for us. Riches of the sort that matter cannot pay my mortgage or inflate my bank account. They can draw others to Christ if I truly listen and obey. How do you define success?