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Thursday, April 4, 2013

Seek and ye shall find (or not)…

You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
Jeremiah 29:13 (NIV)

The last six months have been a whirlwind. It’s been nothing like I imagined and I’m glad. Grace is always better than expected, going exceedingly, abundantly above all that we ask or think. When I compare God's Plan to mine, I'm inclined not to make plans anymore. I don't, knowing that it is my job to show up, in faith, available. That is not to say that I never plan; I have simply come to understand Cervantes words, "man appoints, God disappoints." My daily prayer is one of gratitude for the gift of another day, then hope that I may be on plan with God. That's about it.  

Ditch the plan. His are better.
Instead, pray for pixie dust.
One of the greatest lessons I have learned in Faith is to seek Him. End of plan. I have often sought what I thought would be my blessing, only to find that seeking Him led me down a different path. Author Margaret Feinberg calls it praying for pixie dust. She writes,
A prayer for wonder invites God to begin transforming us from the inside out…. Pray for pixie dust today. Ask God to shower you with his grace, favor, and delight. Then live wide-eyed for the unexpected ways God may answer. Live with an awareness of divine expectation today.” 

What would it take for you to embrace the kind of faith that might leave you without a clear plan? Matthew Henry’s commentary on Jeremiah 29:13 says this,
 We often do not know our own minds, but the Lord is never at an uncertainty. We are sometimes ready to fear that God's designs are all against us; but as to his own people, even that which seems evil, is for good. He will give them, not the expectations of their fears, or the expectations of their fancies, but the expectations of their faith; the end he has promised, which will be the best for them. 

Over the course of my life, and very much recently, I’ve learned to pray only for pixie dust. Even when I believe I know clearly what’s happening next, God takes my so-called plan…

I was talking to a couple friends recently, having finally understood that often, the thing I think I’m supposed to do is an alright thing, but not God’s Plan. That doesn’t mean that we don’t make detours, and that He doesn’t let us make them. He is patient. Often there is a lesson we need to learn along the way that will help us get back on The Path.  Jeremiah’s words are clear…
You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.

He doesn’t tell us to seek things, goals, opportunities. He tells us to seek Him. That’s all. He’s got all the rest. All we need is pixie dust.
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