Let me know. I ask, text and email this phrase as my mind whirls with plans. God created me with an organization gene. I consider it one of my gifts. But I’m learning I cannot plan and control everything. Collaboration is necessary. So I organize then ask others to ‘let me know’ their input, decisions and thoughts. Here begins my struggle-the part out of my controlling, planning hands. But God is increasingly showing me to patiently lighten my grip.
We must not just please ourselves. 2 We should help others do what is right and build them up in the Lord. 3 For even Christ didn’t live to please himself. As the Scriptures say, “The insults of those who insult you, O God, have fallen on me.” 4 Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.
5 May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete harmony with each other, as is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus. ~Romans 15: 1b-5
I often believe my way is the best way. I want things in my timing. I ask God to help me follow Him according to His will, but deep down I really want life according to my will. Reading these verses on a morning I originally had other plans, God let me know to patiently lighten my grip on control.
We had big plans. Then canceled them all. I deeply know it’s what God wanted but I also don’t know why. My plan didn’t work and God’s plan is what’s important here, despite how I feel. What’s needed is the patience God gives (which I sometimes refuse to accept) and the encouragement He offers in the Scriptures to supply hope while I wait.
“What next, where should I serve, how can I follow better?” My questions to God are receiving His answer, “trust and follow me.” This frustrates my planning, controlling nature. It goes against my grain to be patient, not know the plan and release control. But I must. I cannot truly follow if I insist on my own way. I cannot call myself His Follower if I only want my way.
So here I am. Waiting and working on what I can do. I attempt patience and dig into His Word. I trust but am also frustrated by God’s plan. I’m reminded to not just please myself. I attempt to build others up as God builds me. Leaning into the hope and encouragement in God’s Word, I patiently wait, because as the apostle Paul reminds us this is fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.
Are you in a season of wondering what’s next like me? Perhaps you also found encouragement in these verses. If so, please let me know and we’ll encourage each other. Leave a comment or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter. You may also find added encouragement in my Follower Bible Study. Sign up here in the blue box and I’ll send it to you.
God’s word truly is the only encouragement needed as I work and wait for Him to let me know what’s next. Let’s not miss what He has for us. Let’s simply lighten our grip and follow.
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