So what’s your plan? Whether you are a leader leading others in a joint journey, or you are a follower and joining with someone else to assist them in their journey, you have to have a plan. You do not have to have all of the details, but there are certain things you need to know.
Do you have a plan? Where you are going? Do you know how you will get there?
Sometimes God’s direction is not too clear. Just ask Abraham, when God told him to “leave and go to the place I will show you”. God was not specific, but he was clear with his instructions. Abraham needed to leave where he was. God would show him more later. If you are in a place that you do not have specific direction, go with what you know. God will lead you one step at a time. If you take the wrong step, God will show you, and if you take the correct step God will bless you. It is true living by faith.
Hebrews 11:8 “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.”
If you are in this situation, make sure you convey that to those around you, especially if you are a leader. It is easier to follow a leader when there is a clear laid out plan. Remember, even if you don’t know all the details, it is very difficult to follow someone who does not communicate. At the very least, communicate your situation to those around you. Who knows….maybe God is speaking direction to someone around you!
Just because you know where you are going doesn’t mean it will be easy to get there. Just ask Moses and the Israelites as they wandered the desert. They were headed for the Promised Land, but had a hard time getting there.
What’s your plan?
Better yet, what is God’s plan for you? Make sure your plan includes Him. His ways are higher than yours, and his thoughts are higher than yours.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
His plan is always better. Even if you are unsure of the details, you can’t go wrong with seeking and following God. He will show you the way, even if it is only one step at a time.
I have lived this scenario before. God was not very clear with his direction for my family. We took steps that we thought were God inspired (and probably were, no one said it would be easy). Following that path led us away from our church, and actually down the path of unemployment. It is surely a path I would not choose for myself, and as confusing as it was I believe it is the path God laid out for us. Sometimes later down the road you will be able to look back and see how God guided and directed, even though at the time it wasn’t clear.
How will you know where to go?
Remember, He told Abraham to ‘Go’…… He gave direction, but not destination.
At times you may have just enough information to take a single step in one direction, and God blesses that. Then take another. And He will bless that one too.
Think about a GPS. It does not do me any good to know a final address if it is a place I am unfamiliar with. The value in the GPS comes in the step by step, turn by turn directions. When you arrive, you can look back and see how all of those turns add up to help you reach your destination. Looking at each step by itself does not make much sense though.
What direction are you headed? Do you know? Are you following God’s GPS one step at a time or are you in a hurry and want to try and jump to your final destination?
How will you get where you are going?
I’d love to hear where you are in your journey, especially if you are not sure exactly where you are headed.
When you head for nowhere, you will get there every time!