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The Unmaking of Plans & Gracious Uncertainty

"Our natural inclination is to be so precise — trying always to forecast accurately what will happen next — that we look upon uncertainty as a bad thing...Certainty is the mark of the commonsense life — gracious uncertainty is the mark of the spiritual life...

To be certain of God means that we are uncertain in all our ways, not knowing what tomorrow may bring...

We are uncertain of the next step, but we are certain of God. As soon as we abandon ourselves to God and do the task He has placed closest to us, He begins to fill our lives with surprises...We are not uncertain of God, just uncertain of what He is going to do next...

Leave everything to Him and it will be gloriously and graciously uncertain how He will come in — but you can be certain that He will come. Remain faithful to Him."

-Excerpts from My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers

The Gracious Uncertainty devotional reading quoted above was for April 29, a day I happened to begin a new season in my life. I didn't read it on that day, however. I only stumbled on it a few months later, marveling at how God has been working out gracious uncertainty in my own life and heart.

I have begun to live out the truths in this devotional more and more, stepping out in faith, uncertain of what could be next, and watching God fill my life with surprises (both large and small) that grow my faith and trust in Him.

I've been giving up control more and more, little by little, saying YES to His way and His plan over my own. Sometimes it's hard and scary. And sometimes I can be downright stubborn.

But with His grace, I am finding more and more joy and hope in the knowledge that I have no idea what's next in the plan.

And I'm becoming more certain that He always knows best.

 

What I've Been Reading: Life is ___. Forty-Day Experience

Morning quiet times have been a welcome re-addition to my daily schedule. I love brewing a cup of coffee, adding my favorite soy vanilla creamer, and cozying up with a few devotionals and journals.

One of the devotions I've been reading lately is Life Is _____ Forty-Day Experience: A Devotional Journey Through God's Illogical Love by Judah Smith. Smith's focus is to share with readers that "the meaning of life is found in loving and being loved, in enjoying God to the fullest, in trusting Him in every moment, and remaining at peace with God, others, and ourselves."

The book is organized into four sections based on those topics:

  • Life is to Be Loved and to Love
  • Life is to Trust God in Every Moment
  • Life is to Be at Peace With God and Yourself
  • Life is to Enjoy God

While I love the concept of this book, it just didn't grab me the way some of my favorite devotionals have. The content fell a bit flat for me, possibly because the writing style isn't one I normally prefer. I had a hard time engaging and connecting with Smith's reflections. I did like the book's format of scripture, devotional reading, and questions to consider each day, though.

Even though the writing style didn't particularly appeal to me, I would recommend this book to anyone who would like to spend some time meditating on God's immense love for us and how it impacts every aspect of our lives.

My review: 3 stars

*Book for review provided by BookLook