~~Why has it been so hard right to recruit a worker for Transforming Lives Together? I always have a plan B in the event of things like this happening, but this time I’m stumped!
Having a plan B makes me feel safe and secure in the fear of the unknown. It also gives the appearance of confident, thought- through and risk- free planning. But is it more about control, not letting go, fear of losing face, and pride?
Jesus didn't have a plan B. Remember the story ….”What if the 12 disciples fail in their mission?” Jesus says, “I have no plan B”. Is it about giving all of ourself and handing everything, everything over to God for his purposes? And giving up that part of ourself and our life that we want to retain, to control and determine for ourselves.
I had an experience of letting go and being out of my comfort zone on a recent visit to a water park. (Well it was either accompany my daughter to the water park or a surfing lesson!)
I climbed and I climbed endless flights of stairs to the top of a water slide carrying a donut shaped rubber inflatable. Arriving breathless at the top of the slide, I oozed a nonchalant air as if queuing at a supermarket check out. In fact, this confident lady of some age wearing a pink and white spotted frilled swimming costume was a quivering wreck inside. (Why on earth did I wear this?!)
The attendant, (was she a lifeguard too?) ushered me into the donut and said, “off you go”. I couldn’t move, I hesitated, she pushed gently, I clung onto the donut and off I went into a tunnel encircled in a torrent of water. I arrived in a circling pool of water, eddying me out of control. I could see the exit but how to get there? How do you get a donut through the right shaped hole!? I fought and I struggled to gain control of my destiny! I heard my daughter shout, "let the water take you, Mum". Then I realised that if I just sat back and allowed the water to do its job, use its strengths, fulfil its purpose, it would take me to the exit, and it did. Down through the final tunnel and I heard my voice, a primeval scream and yet, inside, a real sense of quiet calm and reassurance. I had let myself go swirling along in the knowledge and confidence of the power of the water, putting my trust in something more powerful than myself. A real sense of release and exhilaration.
What did I learn from this experience and what has it got to do with a plan b?
Quite simply, our God, the unfathomable and mighty creator with all authority and power has everything in hand because he loves us and has redeemed us.
“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.” Jeremiah 29:11.
Yes, discern and take responsibility for the creative use of all the gifts that God has given me. But no plan B is needed. Hand everything to the Lord and listen and wait and see.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and be not wise in your own sight. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5.
Fear of the unknown increases my need to be in control, so why not live on the edge in an adventure with my Lord and Saviour.
And now I just love water slides, but no, I won’t be wearing a pink and white spotted costume with a frill in public again!
Ps. The TLT Board is waiting on the Lord and exploring creative ways for moving forward.
Author: Janice Mason
Date: 25 September 2015
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