So today was the second consecutive day where I thought I had my day all mapped out, and the Lord intervened and reorganized my schedule in a pretty decisive way. I’m starting to get the impression that He wants me to remain “interruptible”.
The image that comes to mind for me is that of a Rubik’s Cube. It’s as if at the start of each day, I try to have as many of the colors in my life lined up on one side of the Cube as possible, and then the Lord steps in and starts shifting the colored tiles around. By the end of the day, the Rubik’s Cube is all jumbled, and I can’t see how to get it back to the way I had it at the start of the day.
But I suppose that isn’t really the point, is it? It’s not up to me to undo the Rubik’s Cube of my life. After all, what if I am supposed to keep myself open and available to whatever the Lord has planned for the day, and trust that – at some point, likely on the other side of eternity – all of the colors will eventually line up again? And that it’s not my job to get all of the yellows, oranges, reds, and blues to stay in their proper spots (from my perspective) as long as I’m on this earth?
I mean seriously. I had my day mapped out. Thought that my car would be fixed (it wasn’t), that I’d keep the plans I originally had for the morning (I didn’t); that I’d take care of a medical appointment later on in the week (it ended up happening today); and – you know what? – it’s like God totally cleared the runway of my schedule today for me to take care of something that seemed really quite small to me.
But this has happened to me twice in less than a week’s time, so I think this life lesson is important. What seems small to me is often big stuff to God, and the stuff that seems so big to me is often small potatoes to the Lord.
So what did I do? I obeyed and completed the rather ordinary task that He put before me. It wasn’t anything terribly spiritual in my eyes – it was pretty mundane, if you ask me – but I suppose the point was my obedience, and not the relative excitement of the task itself.
So I am thankful today because I sense that the Lord is clearly trying to remind me to remain interruptible = to hold my schedule loosely (even though I live by my calendar) and when it seems like the colored tiles are shifting in my life, to trust that He’s at work for some good purpose. 🙂
Dear Jesus, thanks for giving me this image of the Rubik’s Cube. It helps me to understand an important truth that I believe You are trying to impart to me. You know all about my control issues, so the idea of just letting things go and being interruptible is not one that naturally occurs to me. Help me to surrender my schedule to You each day, and to let go of the plans that I’ve made – even if they seem like good ones! – and trust that You are shifting the colored tiles of my life for a reason. Remind me to remain obedient to You, even (especially?) when doing so doesn’t make a whole lot of sense to me. In Your name I pray, Amen.