Let Go and Let God.
I'm going to be honest - I hate those words. I'm just not wired that way. When people say to "just trust God", I usually interpret that to mean they didn't forecast or plan well. You say let go and let God, and I can't help but think lazy. I know, there is immense value in the statement, but I can't help myself from thinking there is more I can do so less is left to chance.
Last Sunday, I taught through James 4. In last section of the chapter, James accuses his audience of not understanding what they can and can't control. They planned - extremely well it seemed - but without any thought to the very idea that parts of life are uncontrollable. Essentially, James reduces their over-estimation of control to pride. They had a misaligned view of self. It's not that they weren't well intentioned, they simply forgot what Proverbs says about our planning -
"In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps"
When and how God moves in the lives of others is outside of our control. In the world of professional Christianity, sometimes we plan so much and (hopefully) so well that we forget things are outside of our control. Try all we might to put together seamless transitions on Sunday mornings, keep worship sets in the same key and package a life-changing service in slightly under (or maybe over) an hour, James reminded me there are things we can't plan.
We can't plan the work of the Holy Spirit.
And I, for one, am thankful. Sure, planning is necessary, but God's work and timing is just better than mine, because, as James reminded me, I don't know my tomorrow. I can't let myself get so wrapped up in planning that I forget who establishes our steps.
It's terrifying to not know how things will turn out, but comforting to know the One who does.
Trust is something I'm learning everyday. I'm learning to let go, so I can see and appreciate God working.