When God Plans Your Day, Your Life Turns Into An Adventure.
By: Richard Gazowsky
Think about this Scripture for a moment: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, ‘Let there be light’: And there was light.” And yet, the One who accomplished all of what you just read about ~ is actually willing to organize your daily schedule! How fantastic that the Person who created the heavens and the earth, by just speaking, is desiring to use the same creative force to create your schedule tomorrow. Wow! That is enough to totally blow your mind! The Mastermind of the whole universe is willing to help you plan your daily schedule ~ and He’ll do it free of charge! Wow! Wow! Wow!
Jesus said it works this way: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son of man can do nothing of Himself but what He sees the father do: for what things soever He doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.” In other words, Jesus frankly admitted that He could do nothing without first seeing the Father do it. In simple English, He was having the God of the universe literally plan His daily schedule. The real shocking point is that the entire meaning of this verse is that God is also willing to plan your personal daily schedule. I mean literally give you a list of things to do every day. One of the things we must realize is that this is not some obscure point that we find in the Bible. Rather, it is a major theme that recurs throughout the entire Bible. As a matter of fact, the whole Bible is about trusting in God to plan everything.
Just take a minute and look at the big picture. The entire Bible is a collection of adventure stories that are giving the moral advice to trust God to plan our daily schedules ~ just as Moses trusted God to plan his daily activities, King David trusted God to lay out his royal duties ~ and the list goes on. So the question is, what about you? Are you believing God to plan your daily schedule?
At the beginning of this chapter you read the title, “Anything Could Happen.” But it is more than just a statement. It’s actually how you need to approach the voice of God when He speaks to you. But many of us have preconceived ideas of what we think God wants to say to us. Unless the word that we are hearing falls into one of the predetermined categories that we are willing to approve of, we reject the word and think it is not God’s voice. Some might even call it a derogatory name. Don’t worry, Jesus dealt with this problem in His day. None of the religious leaders would listen to God’s word when Jesus spoke it, because it didn’t fit into any of their preapproved categories.
I am simply trying to help you, so that you do not fall into the same trap and pigeon-hole mindset that the intellectuals of Jesus’s day fell into. We have got to open our minds and be willing to accept whatever He says. But Jesus explained how simple it was to get past these mental roadblocks when He said, “I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because Thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.” You must stop thinking like an adult, begin thinking like a little child, and believe that “anything could happen”.
Princess Kate’s Dream: “Anything Could Happen”
Kate Middleton was a young commoner in England, and normally would not have had any hopes of advancement in the British royal class system. Yet this simple, elegant, beautiful young girl believed that God could open any of her options. So, when her father suggested that she enroll in Scotland’s oldest university, Saint Andrews (established in 1414), she said, “Yes, daddy” ~ not knowing that the old hewn baroque stone halls held an adventure for her that would catch the hearts and minds of billions of people throughout planet earth.
One day, in 2001, she was walking out of the university library, and saw, to her amazement, a young man by the name of Prince William, who had also that year enrolled in the same college. William was really having difficulty with boredom in the courses that he had been assigned and was considering changing schools. What seemed to be at the time merely a coincidence, he began a casual conversation with the young Kate Middleton about this subject. They ended up talking and laughing for about twenty minutes, after which they were ushered off to their next assignments. But William could not get Kate’s advice out of his mind. She told him she thought he should continue on at the college and just change his courses to more interesting subjects ~ from art history to geography.
Come spring of 2002, William saw an ad in the local school paper that announced a student fashion show for charity, and he decided to plop down two hundred pounds for a front row seat at the event. Spring was in the air, flowers were blooming, and the fruit trees around the campus were wafting their luscious aroma into the breeze. William, entering with his royal friends, found his reserved seat at the fashion show. The first few students came out, showing off their latest designs, while William and his friends watched respectfully. Suddenly the earth seemed to stand still, for out on the runway was Kate Middleton ~ attired in a black swimsuit covered with a sheer black lace see-through dress!
The young prince’s heart skipped a beat as he watched, in slow motion, Kate walking directly down the aisle in front of him ~ so close that he could catch a whiff of her subtle perfume. Young William may have been destined to become king of all 19 British provinces, but at that moment all England skipped a beat. For this young woman “Kate” had caught the future heart of an entire nation at that exact second ~ because the way the heart of the king goes, so goes the nation. Kate, undoubtedly, did not realize the monumental happenings that were occurring just a few feet away as she glided elegantly past the face of the future monarch. But history will forever remember the moment when this young woman caught a nation’s eye.
And so it is that history will record the moment that you caught God’s eye. It is that point in time when you finally attracted Him by your hunger and vulnerability, when the Father saw you are willing to admit that, “Anything Could Happen” ~ the response to your hunger for God to schedule the rest of the events of your life. Yes, Kate and William went through eight years of private romance without the gazing eyes of the British paparazzi. And during that time their relationship could have broken apart. But it didn’t because Kate held onto the belief that “anything could happen.”
Finally, in April 2008, it became public knowledge that Kate and William were officially together ~ after William received his Royal Air Force wings from his father, Prince Charles. Then, on November 23, 2010, Buckingham Palace issued an official announcement ~ which included the approval of Britain’s 19 national territories ~ that William and Kate Middleton would be married in Westminster Abbey. To some of you this might have seemed overly formal and unnecessary, but I believe it was extremely necessary to show how far down the chain of authority they were willing to go. If those 19 nations approved of William’s engagement (and his marriage to Kate) it also meant that all of them would one day subject themselves to the rulership of the baby that would be born in the Prince of Wales’ household.
This is a perfect example of what happens to you the day you catch the eye of God. There is a beautiful quote from the Song of Solomon that says, “You have ravished me with just one look of your eye.” And so it is with God’s love for us. It is incomparable to any human love that we may know or reflect upon. When the God of the universe looks at you and offers to plan your daily schedule, it is actually the beginning of a supernatural romance and love affair. God loves you so much that He was willing to die at Calvary just to win your affection. And now He is offering to plan your daily schedule. The amazing thing about the planning of your schedule is that He does not do it for His benefit, but for yours! This is why you must allow God to destroy any mental, religious, political, familial, or cultural strongholds that are in your mind. You must become like a little child and be willing to do anything that God asks you to do.
Doug Lanza, one of the pastors in our church, recently confessed in front of the congregation that inwardly he had been afraid of what God would make him do. He laughed as he told us this, because he saw how ridiculous it was to think that God would plan anything that would be derogatory to Doug’s personal benefit. Didn’t Jesus say that earthly fathers, being evil, know how to give good gifts to their children? How much more does our heavenly Father know how to give good gifts to you, His children? Doug went on to say that God had asked him if he was willing to put his family’s vacation on hold because there was something different God wanted them to do. Wow! Do you know how incredible it is to have, instead, the God of the universe offer to plan your family’s vacation?
And so it is with everything in our lives. God is making this offer to each one of you to schedule an adventurous life for you. But the question comes down to one simple phrase: Are you willing to live under the excitement of, “Anything could happen?” That phrase, by the way, was the title of a song that was Kate and William’s favorite composition, and was sung at their wedding reception. The song truly expressed the feel and excitement that Kate and William felt when they faced the possibility of a commoner marrying a true prince, for it seemed like such a huge divide of history that stood between them. Yet with the help of Queen Elizabeth and 19 nations, they were able to cross the cultural chasm and experience the true reality that, “Anything Could Happen.”
Last year, on the television show X Factor, one of the singing groups that were in the running to win the event, chose the song as the one that they would sing in the final rounds of voting. We have included the link of this video and encourage you also to believe that, “Anything Could Happen.”
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Richard Gazowsky pastors a church in San Francisco called A Place To Meet Jesus. He has directed the films, “Guardians” and “The Roman Trilogy.”
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