Confused of what to do?

I wish I had three more rooms in my home, I commented to my friend during a phone call recently. I was looking at the items scattered and piled on my desk. Binders, books, day-timers, journals, spiral notebooks, magazines, art cards, microphone, and cameras were just some of the items. I’d like to have a room for painting, another for writing, and another for my work-work (otherwise known as my day job), I told him, have kiddingly but mostly not!

Even though the mess can eventually get overwhelming, I felt content. Even hopeful and driven. Something that had been missing for some time since our country and province began self-distancing rules during the current world pandemic. Feeling better I realized I’m in the grieving cycle. I’m cycling into acceptance, however understand navigating the grief cycle is more erratic than linear. And may cycle backwards into sadness or anxiety.

Just a week ago my desktop was bare.

When my calendar began to empty of sales appointments and open spaces appeared, I wondered what would now enfold in those time slots. What to do with that time? Are the bills going to get paid? Is this opened time now a gift of God? Goodness, then I really do not want to waste it! What to do? As you can imagine, dear readers, this type of thinking only led to confusion and anxiety. I had to find a way to ease my fears and place my time into God’s hands.

Putting our Plans in God’s Hands

  1. Ask the Helper

John 14:26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

When we need clarity around something, such as our time, we can ask the Holy Spirit to help us through His teaching and bringing something to mind we need to remember. Our Counsellor is always there to show us Jesus’ way of obedience to His words. When I meditated on this verse, God brought to mind Jesus’ command to love God with all your heart and mind; and to love your neighbour as yourself. (Mark 12:30-31). Practically, how can we do this with our everyday time including some so very ordinary moments?

2. SEEK HIS WILL

Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”

Jesus taught to be persistent in seeking God. Not giving up seeking takes faith, focus, and follow-through. When confusion from uncertainty sets in, especially when our plans unravel, we can ask God for wisdom, knowledge, patience and understanding. Practically we can full-heartedly go to His word. We may want to look up ‘plans’ in the concordance of our bibles and then SOAK in those scriptures. We will never know God’s plan completely for our lives, yet we can be directed on how to be obedient to His word. God’s word opens the door to His will for us to know Him better and be known.

3. LET GO AND TRUST GOD

First Corinthians 13:12 “For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.”

In this time, we can only see what we are experiencing. We don’t see the eternal future that God knows. Like looking through a dark glass, we can’t see clearly what is ahead or make sense of what is happening now. Even in obedience using our spiritual gifts to serve others, we are not assured that our plans will come to fruition. We may become confused about what to do with our time or if we are to continue what we thought we are suppose to do! By letting go of trying to make sense of what is going on we place our plans in God’s hands who promises we will know Him fully when we are with Him eternally.

Never Give Up

Never give up asking, seeking, and trusting God, my friend! We will never be free of confusion on this side of eternity, but God’s plans are good!

Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead or Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory for ever and ever. Amen Hebrews 13:20-21

What plans do you need to place in God’s hands today?

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25 thoughts on “Confused of what to do?

  1. Thank you for this. Faith, focus and follow-through. So often is the follow-through that I get messed up with. I Think there is so much Godliness in this unprecedented time we are living in, we have to see beyond the fatality with eyes of faith and then trust God as we walk.

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  2. Well said, Lynn. Time is a gift and I think I realize that more every birthday and this new way of living has given us a gift of time coming back to us since we aren’t being driven by our calendars. Seeking Him about how to use the gift as He would desire is the key.♥️

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  3. This is such helpful advice, Lynn. It truly is a time where our faith is sorely tested, isn’t it? With all the confusion and worry, it can be harder to focus to really soak in His Word. But as you bring out in the verses, He will hear and answer and equip us with all we need. Love and blessings of His strength and guidance!

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  4. These are strange times, aren’t they? Places around here are starting to talk about opening up. We’ll see.

    “…equip you with everything good for doing his will”

    This is encouraging!

    Thank you for this post, Lynn. It really hit the spot today!

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    1. I do look forward to places opening again, Sandi. I pray it is in God’s timing though, and for our leaders. It will be interesting how we view these times a year from now, too! I’m glad the post “hit the spot” for you today! Take care!

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  5. Dear Lynn,
    Thank you for these encouraging words today! This closing statement that you made is so very true: “Never give up asking, seeking, and trusting God, my friend! We will never be free of confusion on this side of eternity, but God’s plans are good!” His goodness goes deeper than the things that we can see around us–He is working that good for all eternity! Oh may I remember that in these days that feel so chaotic! Blessings and love to you today.

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  6. Lynn, what wise words you share here. It took me weeks to find a new groove. And this week, we had a few PT appointments and other things, and it felt so busy, even though, 2 months ago, these days would have felt slow. Everything has changed, from kids schooling at home, spouses working from home . . . and for me relinquishing my quiet days at home. I am still having to make sure I don’t fist “my” plans for each day, but rather hold them out to God, palm open.

    Thanks for the reminder to keep asking, seeking, and trusting.

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    1. I love the gesture of not fisting, but keeping your palms open, Jeanne, to remember to take in all of God’s plans for us rather than our own! I hope you have wonderful weekend with your family in this new groove you are discovering!

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  7. Lynn, hi! I love that one of the Holy Spirit’s roles is to guide us into all truth. And the comfort (along with the correction!) He gives is precious.

    I’m so grateful that when all is said and done, the Trinity remains strong and powerful. This is a great solace right about now.

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  8. Loss and grieving are making their way through my many emotions these days. I was just talking to my son about feeling like I have lost my purpose. I am not good without a plan or direction as to what’s next. I am calling on my faith more than ever and trusting in the One who already has it figured out.

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    1. These times can feel like the highway we were on suddenly crumbled right in front of us! I understand how you feel, Mary. Uncertainty is difficult to navigate and I’m learning, too, how to put my faith more into the things that are not of this world. Our glasses are dark yet He sees it all, doesn’t He? Have a wonderful Sunday!

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  9. I have been doing a lot of standing still in my heart these last couple months. So much going on and you are right a lot of confusion. Knowing that is not of the Lord, keeps me from rushing to rush my husband into making a decision. Sometimes the holding back is harder then the speaking my mind which does not help him. Stand still and know I am God is an old bluegrass gospel song so I sing it in my head. There are times though I rush to give my opinion and my temper flies in the face of wisdom that reminds me to be still. I think we are on the other side of most of our decisioins. Easy to say since I don’t know what is around the corner. Great post.

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    1. Betty, thank you so much for sharing that song. Beautiful! It can be so much harder to be quiet and not rush. It reminds me, too, of how Esther had to wait until her second time with the king to speak. Yes, she spoke up, but in God’s timing. Wisdom teaches us to be still. May we both pause to ask God’s wisdom as much as possible! Blessing to you and your husband!

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  10. Thank you for this good encouragement, Lynn. Finding our way through this crisis does feel a lot like grieving. At first, I was elated about my wide-open calendar. Now, I am less thrilled and more anxious.

    This line was especially meaningful to me: “We will never know God’s plan completely for our lives, yet we can be directed on how to be obedient to His word.” That is something I need to remember.

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