I am a planner. By that I mean, I actually get excited to plan events. Some of my favorite things to do in college was lesson planning. I love the idea of starting with nothing and organizing everything into an amazing event. That doesn’t mean that all of my plans end up amazing or perfect, in fact most of my lesson plans ended up needing a lot of tweaking after I tried to teach them. That made teaching very interesting sometimes.
For the last month or so I have been planning a fundraiser to raise support to get me to Germany as soon as possible. It has been exciting to think about all of the possibilities for this event. The music, the euchre tournament, the silent auction and my favorite part, meeting new people to share God’s vision for my life with them. Therein lies my greatest anxiety and the lesson I believe God is helping me to learn as I go through this time.
People keep asking me how many people I think will be coming to the event and all I can say is, I have no idea. I want to say that a lot of people have told me they are coming, but they haven’t. That doesn’t mean they aren’t coming, it just means they haven’t told me. Then I end up saying things like. “that’s the only part I’m worried about” or “that’s out of my hands.” It’s hard for me to think that few people are coming. It’s hard for me to think that this event might not be a success. As much as I rely on my plans, it is hard to let this part go, but I must. I shouldn’t worry about it, but I do. God has got this in his hands and all I can do is relax and trust that He will bring the people who need to be at the fundraiser.
I’m excited to see God blow my expectations out of the water!
Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
“Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
“And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.
“So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.