Pastor Wrinkles: The Lenten Journey Pt. 27

Brent Curtis asks, “If God is the author, producer, and director of this play, what kind of story is He telling?” The Sacred Romance. p. 54

There have been times in the course of my life when I have looked to Heaven and said “If this is the plan I think I could do better.”

The longer I have served Jesus, though, the better I have come to understand that His plans are often couched in the garb of  difficulty even faux-failure in order to set God’s enemies in disarray. Further His chosen path for me is designed to enlarge my life not my comfort. The life I would choose would keep me comfortable and happy but would do nothing to perfect my character or fulfill my potential.

It is the same with all of us. All of our hearts, plagued by sin, lead us astray and away from God’s intended purpose; So God weaves a story, a plan, around us that is large enough and tough enough for us to come to life in. We are forced either to run from God or submit to “God’s fierce intention to use both crippling and blessing to redeem us from our self-redemptive and purgatorial stories.” The Sacred Romance P. 66 

I see that the over large vision God gave me as 2013 began was ready-made to push me down a path towards healing. As I have accepted that the large story is just large enough for me to live in, the way is becoming easier. The strategies are becoming plain before me and I am coming to a new peace. The cost of the dream  does not outweigh the prosperity it promises.

Have you ever struggled with God’s plan? How did you work through it?


10 thoughts on “Pastor Wrinkles: The Lenten Journey Pt. 27

  1. I am really blessed just reading about your journey and all that He is revealing to you. I think I am still working through God’s plan for me. 🙂 During times when I struggle and feel I’m failing, He always tells me to keep trying. That encourages me to know that at least I’m on the right track. God bless you!

  2. My whole life was blind struggle, with intermittent “fighting”. Relatively speaking, my life is EASY now, and comfortable–but I have to believe that part of that is a reflection of my attitude and my eager willingness to stay tuned in to Him, looking for Him in everything; the consequence of finally getting on track with Him. I don’t doubt that there will be tough times in future when I’m not so comfortable–but maybe this green valley I’m living in is a “kind and gentle preparation”. We’ll see. God bless you BIG–love, sis Caddo

    • God has His purposes in everything Sis. Our journeys through this world can be circuitous but each experience build off the last don’t you think? God wastes nothing. Each event reveals a little more of what He would do in and through us if we allow it!

  3. I know the plans He has for me are good its the waiting part I struggle with. While I was waiting for His direction a couple of years ago I found praying for others got me through many months of waiting. I also found fasting TV and reading the word allowed me to wait upon Him, and so I would be ready to listen. I try to find the good in everything and when it is difficult I remind myself we are one day closer to His return. I always know it is time to fast again when I feel a tugging in my spirit. Be Still and know that I AM!

      • For me it was reading many books on how people made it through much tougher times than I had ever been in. For instance, like surviviing a holocaust (re:Rwanda Holocaust) and how a soviet soldier’s faith grew stronger everyday in the midst of his torture sessions he endured because of his love for our Lord and Savior. Reading inspirational stories as well as learning how to do chapter charts and most of all reading your blog everyday made the waiting easier for me. I also have to say attending the RPM on Tues/Wed/Thur as much as I could really got my mind off the waiting game.

      • You are absolutely right Deb! I’ll take a line from the Book of Hebrews here, “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,” Heb. 12:1 You are a great inspiration my friend. Keep the faith!

  4. >> Have you ever struggled with God’s plan? How did you work through it?
    I’ve shared before how difficult I found it to give up my voluntary work in the National children’s and youth ministry which took more time and commitment than two full time jobs. Going from that to a sudden ‘nothing’ was intolerable.
    I knew God’s plans were perfect but I was frustrated because I couldn’t see them. I knew the work was suffering because I wasn’t there and that didn’t seem right. It was a few months before God revealed His plans and with hindsight I can see they were (of course) perfect. I still often hanker after those hectic days of ministry, but I know the time was right and I praise God for new ministries which are more suitable to my present circumstances.

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