“And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”
Luke 2:7 KJV
How much room am I leaving God to work or is my life like the innkeeper; there is no room? Busyness, work, family, entertainment can all crowd out Jesus and very quickly there is no room for Him to be speaking and working in my life. I can take surprises and begin to despise them because they interrupt my plans. Jesus wants to be given room to work and I must clear time and space for that to happen. I have to flexible and bendable so as not to break when a surprise catches me off guard; though it is never a surprise to God.
“But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace,”
Galatians 1:15 KJV
How often do I plan God out of a schedule? Everything can be detailed to the nth degree and no room is left for God to come in and move as He pleases. Do I allow Him any room to work? Am I taking matters into my own hands? God has a time table and He will move and work at His own pace. Do not get ahead of God and do not be so tied to a schedule that there is no spontaneous room for a surprise.
In my own zeal or frustration I can take matters into my own hands and this is dangerous. I have to learn to wait on the Lord and trust His timing. He is the One at work even when I don’t know it. When something must be done, God will move and He will make me aware, when it pleases Him. Until then, I need to rest in His providence and sovereignty. Surprises are always unexpected. Don’t be afraid of the spontaneous surprises that happen. If it pleases God, let it please you.