Toothbrush. Check. Tee-shirts, jeans, and matching shoes. Check. Earrings and watch. Check. More books than I can read. Check. Suitcase zipped, phone charged, gas tank full. Check. My checklist complete, I’m equipped for a weekend adventure.
I prefer always to be ready for whatever is on the day’s agenda. Checklists help me feel I can better tackle the day. I have convinced myself that I can handle life better if I’m in control of it.
But the reality of life is I’m rarely completely ready for anything. I can’t anticipate what’s ahead. When the road ahead is shrouded in fog, I slow down. Stop. Unsure how to proceed on this journey of life. I’m not equipped for the unknown.
I may hear God calling me to do something, but unless I’m sure I can succeed, I hesitate. I’ll get to that, I tell myself, but first I need . . .
Equipped by God
The problem is I see what I cannot do. What I don’t have. I see limitations. I want my ducks in a row before I proceed. I know I can’t succeed, so I don’t try. Or I give up.
And I’m right. I can’t possibly do what God asks of me on my own. I cannot do His work.
Did you catch that? HIS work. Not my work. His.
He asks only two things of me. Faith and obedience. Faith in Him. Faith He will equip me to do His work. God doesn’t need what I have. He is always enough. But He is gracious enough to allow me to participate in His work. To be His hands and feet.
My life journey is filled with uncertainty. Time after time, God asks me to go into the fog, take a detour I didn’t anticipate. He wants me to move forward before my checklist is complete.
20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21