Wednesday, July 13, 2011

details, details, details

I am a details person.  I plan things out so far in advance that I have been known to "think ahead" by years.  It's really NOT a good thing (and it drives Jason nuts.)  Inevitably, MY plans don't always go the way I want.  I've been learning the "wait and be patient" lesson the hard way over the last few months.  Nothing has gone right or in my time frame when it comes to Jason getting to take his licensing exam here in CO before we leave for TX, we still don't even know if he can take it or when.  And now because of some jobs here in CO that Jason is waiting on to complete we have to hang out someplace for a week or so (after we are due to be out of our rental home) and my carefully, well thought out and totally awesome "moving" schedule and plan has gone the way of the dodo.

My cousin posted a blog link the other day on Facebook about church and tradition.  I thought it looked interesting and it was.  Enough so that I decided to see what else this guy wrote.  The very next blog post down was one entitled, "God Doesn't Do Details."

Yeah.  This I had to read. (Copied and pasted for your convenience!)

A common phrase you often hear from people is, “I don’t do details.” Usually they mean they’re more big picture people. They don’t like to get bogged down in minutiae.
In His own way, God doesn’t do details either. At least when it comes to His commands to people in the Bible. In fact, He can often be painfully vague.
He told Abraham simply, Go to the land I will show you.”
When He beckoned Peter to walk on the water, He simply said,
On His command Moses to free the Israelites from the most powerful nation in the world, He merely commanded him,
Go, I am sending you to Pharaoh.”
God didn’t use any detail. He didn’t lay out a step-by-step plan. He just issued the command and expected obedience.
Sometimes people wanted more detail. Moses wanted to know how it was going to happen. What should he tell the people? But God didn’t fill in much detail here either.I will be with you.
Tell them, I AM has sent me to you.
That helps.
On the one hand, you would think God was kind of winging it. On the surface, it would seem that His plan was just to deal with the details as they came about. And that’s not very reassuring. Not when you’re being asked to step out on faith.
On the other hand, when you read on in the stories, God had every detail covered. Abraham’s journey. The plagues. The Red Sea. Even Peter’s ability to walk on water. And that’s very reassuring.
God is extremely meticulous. He is all about the details. Far more than you’ll ever be. He has everything already figured out. Every pitfall and possibility accounted for. Every detour arranged to get you to your final destination.
So God definitely does the details in terms of His plan and working it out.
God doesn’t do the details in terms of what He communicates to you.
That’s because He knows there are some details you’re simply not ready for.
And ultimately it’s because He’s more interested in your full obedience than your full understanding.
Don’t worry. God has every detail in your life covered.
He just doesn’t need you to know them first to follow Him faithfully

Pastor Steven Furtick - God Doesn't Do Details


It's the "wait and be patient" lesson again.  God is obviously trying to get this through my thick head.  So I printed the above out to read every day till we get to TX.

And I'm trying... really, really hard... to let God take care of the details.

3 months old

I cannot believe that Finn is already 3 months old!  He's still not sleeping through the night, but we think that's because he's a little guy.  He's the smallest of all our kids at the same age, so as soon as we get him to pack on some pounds, then maybe we can fill him up to sleep!  But other than the sleep thing, he's a good baby who loves to smile (and frown!) and is starting to "talk" all the time.