Plans change. Sometimes it happens to us and other times, we need to let go to change. But letting go takes trust and courage, which I don’t always possess.
Holding onto what we love or are comfortable with is easier. Letting go requires faith in something new or trusting in someone else. Failure is an option. This is why letting go can be scary, worrisome and full of anxiety. But it doesn’t have to be.
I’m a planner so one of the hardest things for me to let go of are my plans. In my MemoryMinders blog this week, I shared about how I plan my free time. I realize it’s called free time not planned time. But this is how I’m wired. When free time is needed, I plan it into my schedule. That way, I’ll honor the time doing whatever I wish, because I’ve planned it.
This may seem ridiculous, but it works for me. I just bought a new planner and I’m giddy thinking and filling it with all the plans I have for the next year. So after all that planning, letting go of my plans and/or being flexible is not always a smooth endeavor. Even stickier is when God asks me to get off my cozy couch of comfort.
I’ve been known to procrastinate, reason or logically talk to God about plan changes. I have probably missed amazing opportunities because of my disobedience in following Him outside of what’s comfortable. At the same time, I truly don’t want to miss whatever amazing path God has planned, even if it’s difficult. So, I’m trying to let go of me and follow Him.
My reason is really quite selfish: God’s way is life-changing.
His plans for us are beyond our wildest dreams with a cherry on top. I have seen first hand how following His plans leads to things, places and people I could never have found on my own. His plans are beyond anything we can imagine.
Yet some days, it’s still so hard to let go of mine to follow His.
Letting go takes an honest realization that I don’t always know what’s best. It means being lovingly humble and putting God and others first.
I want to do this and know the only way is to continually seek His strength and power. I cannot let go on my own because of my sinful, selfish nature. But because God loves us, He’s sent the Holy Spirit to help us fight those sinful tendencies. Romans 8 talks about this and here’s my favorite excerpt :
26 And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. 27 And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believers in harmony with God’s own will. 28 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
I don’t always want to change my plans, desires and logical, limited view. But I do know Who to call upon when struggling. When letting go seems like too much, I hold onto the Holy Spirit to help work all things out for my good.
It’s really the only option.
Left to my own desires, I’d never seek His.
But with the Holy Spirit pleading and praying for everything I don’t even know about, my plans dissolve and His develop.
My will becomes His.
My wants yield to His ways.
Worry wanes as His peace envelops.
It changes everything.
This is what I truly want: the life-changing power of His plan directing mine and His presence providing peace.
It won’t always be comfortable and we will never know all of what God has planned for us. But we can rest in His promises, knowing whatever comes our way, He’s working it all out for our good.
Let’s take that courageous, trusting leap of faith. Let’s change our plan and take hold of His.