As Jesus walked beside the Sea of Galilee, he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. “Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” At once they left their nets and followed him. Mark 1:16-18
I can hardly believe that January is nearly over. I have made lots of plans and lists of to-dos to reach my goals for 2015. I don’t really feel like I have accomplished very much during the first 30 days of the year; but, really, I have. I organized my thoughts and have made some plans about things that need to be done and when I want to do them. Sadly, I have all ready run into a major problem – one that is always interfering with the list and the plan –
I can plan a day with what needs to be done and when; but, it never fails that something unplanned happens. I rarely ever stay 100% on track with my schedule because of this. I know that a simple solution would probably be just to allot time for the unexpected. But with sooo much to do – how can I fit that in to an all ready jam-packed schedule. It is frustrating and I often feel out of control when this happens and I have a tendency to just give up on the list and the schedule and a not so great attitude tends to take center stage for a bit.
I imagine that when Simon and Andrew went fishing they had a plan and a goal in mind with how much fish they wanted to catch and they probably did not plan to stop their fishing to go and follow someone walking by. I love that when Jesus called them, they dropped their nets and began to follow Him. They did not question or throw a fit. They were flexible with their schedule and they just trusted the Lord and did what he asked and I know they were blessed for it.
How much more would I gain if I was flexible and trusted the Lord with my schedule? I found a really good devotion on The Character of Flexibility By Dr. Richard J. Krejcir. He explains that being flexible means to be open and willing to hear what others have to say and being able to make decisions based on the greater good and not just our own self pride. I also love that he puts it into perspective that yes, we need to have a plan and a direction for our lives, but, we will reap more rewards by being able to listen and change from feedback that we get. God’s will for us is not one about our own selfish wants and desires but that of serving others. Maybe all of the hiccups that we encounter are not by chance – but are little reminders that we are not following the right schedule.
Aren’t relationships with those around us so much more fulfilling than the checked off to do list? Or maybe the question should be – what good is a clean house and a checked off list if there is no one around to enjoy it with? In Luke 10:38-42 we can see how Martha and Mary handle an unexpected visit from Jesus and what His response was to their actions.
38As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
I encourage you to get focused but be flexible. Enjoy the unexpected in your schedules – they may just be blessings in disguise.