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  Sheila's Reflections

"Going With The Flow "
(Sequel to the "Ant" Story)
July 2005

So often we limit our spiritual growth by not accepting the plans God has for our lives. We have our days planned to go a certain way, expecting them to fall right into place with us achieving our desired goal. When, from out of no where God puts a "monkey wrench" in them and our day spins in a completely new direction. All of a sudden we find ourselves having to respond to a whole new set of unplanned circumstances. That’s what happened to me the day I spent with the "ants".

God barreled into my plans that hot, humid day and turned my life upside down. Talk about a change in directions! The situation I suddenly found myself in called for me to accept His change of my plans, or to bitterly resent His intrusion.

How I reacted that day set in motion a journey that opened my eyes to things I’d never noticed before…that challenged me to rethink long held goals…and ultimately to discover the joy of fully trusting in God’s plans for my life.

Please don’t think for one minute that I immediately fell in step with the Lord’s hijacking of my beautifully laid out, evening for a romantic night with Donny. At first I whined, argued, pleaded, and resisted His changes every step of the way. Resisting seemed so much easier, but in the end getting on board and in sync with God freed me to rest, in His will.

We think change is fine as long as it’s planned…carefully thought out…discussed…and doesn’t cause us to readjust our rigid schedules. But to grow deeper in our walk with the Lord we must align ourselves with God’s will. His plans are so much better and higher than ours are, and by embracing them our lives become richer and fuller.

None of us is above God changing our plans on a moment’s notice. It’s our responsibility to adjust our schedules and attitudes to accommodate Him. Reflecting back on that day long ago, I realize He was preparing me for the road ahead when my plans were going to be derailed by death, storms, hurts, sickness, loss and shattered dreams.

I would like to report that I’ve been flexible and gone with the flow gracefully each time God derailed my plans, but that’s not the case. There have been times I’ve had to ask His forgiveness for my lack of trusting that He knows what’s best for me.

My deepest and sincere prayer is that the Lord will help us all to savor each day as a precious gift. That we won’t allow anxieties about our changed plans to overwhelm us. Remember, nothing with God is accidental…so loosen up, be flexible, go with the flow, step out of your comfort zone, adjust your attitude, enjoy the journey, but above all, trust God and embrace His thoughts and plans.

In conclusion, this journey that began with me locking myself out of the car and house, spending three hours studying the ants, and finally going with the flow, ended on a beautiful note.

Donny took me out for a candlelit dinner where we feasted on succulent steaks, meaningful conversation, and sidesplitting laughter as we shared our day with each other. To cap it all off, we went home and played a rip roaring game of aggravation before going to bed still rejoicing over time spent in each other’s company. God is so good and the reward is priceless when we go with the flow and accept Him changing our directions.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

God bless you until our next visit,

Sheila

 
2006, Search The Word Ministry