Kansas City Lesson #2: The Power of God's Plan
If you haven’t figured it out already, I don’t think God imparted any kind of uber-special wisdom on me this past week. What God did so well was work with me and my heart, right as I was. Our God is such a good and awesome God and He always know what we require. For me this past week, submission was the key. I was grasping on tightly to certain things I couldn’t control and was relying so much on I that there wasn’t room for He. When I started to let go, God revealed more and more of his plan for me and it left me humbled and questioning, why don’t I submit earlier?
Before I embarked on my journey with FCA, God saw it all. Before he created the world, sent his Son to die on the cross, He chose ME. That blew me away, repeatedly. As I met with this wonderful new group of staff spread from Alaska to Texas to Georgia and up to New Hampshire, I sat and marveled that God saw it all and He had been the all knowing potter molding us to where we were at that point. God saw the relationships that would be built amongst new friends and knew the tools we were to learn would not glorify our ministry, but His Kingdom.
For those who have had the privilege of going on a mission trip, you might be familiar with returning home on what many call “the mission trip high”. You’re set to change the world after meeting with and serving the Lord for however long you were gone. I find myself now home for 4 days and I don’t think I’m still on “the mission trip high”, I feel I’ve embarked on truly trying to change the way I worship and serve. The hardest thing for me is getting into any new routines. I’m sure no one else has ever had the problem of breaking old habits and starting new. Amen? So do I take what I learn and move forward or do I grow stagnant in my old and comfortable ways?
I left Kansas City determined to not simply slip back into my way of life, but challenge myself to take what I’ve learned and put it into action. I feel God had a plan for me last week and this week and all the weeks to come. But one thing I was convicted of is that I have to be an active participant in this plan. I cannot sit back and just wait for miracles; I have to get in the game. So my challenge to you today is not original, probably not earth shattering, but I hope it’s impactful. I was challenged to take new steps in my faith, my marriage, and my ministry while in Kansas City and I plan on doing so. God has a plan for me and it’s awesome in power. I don’t want to miss even a second of it.
So here I am Lord, ready to submit to you. As scary as that can be, as much as I feel uncomfortable giving up control, I know submission is what is required. Soften my heart and I pray for more of you and less of me. You are an awesome and powerful God. Thank you for choosing me. Amen.
Posted on Tue, May 3, 2011
by Matt Clinton