Flexible for God
“Thanks, Mom for being so flexible.” I cannot even begin to count the number of times my adult children said that to me over this past holiday season. As their plans changed, as their friends plans changed, and as every situation seemed to change at lightning speed, etc. etc, etc. . . . “flexible” became my middle name.
And I can certainly recall a time in my life when I might have been called many things, but “flexible” was not one of them. But, God is so good. He taught me to be flexible, trained me to be flexible, and prepared me to be flexible because He knew a time would come when “life” demanded I be flexible – bend or break. Flexibility saved me . . . allowed me to bounce back, so to speak.
How did God teach me? Little by little . . . at first it was just an appointment that needed to be changed, or a job at work that was delayed. Then we moved on to snowstorms stranding my children in New York while I waited in a panic at the airport in Florida. And of course, there was the November when the water pipe burst under the house two weeks before Thanksgiving, I was told I needed a root canal on my back tooth and the optometrist determined there was a hole in my left eye. But the more I pressed into God, the easier it was to be flexible – roll with the punches and ride out the storms.
Ahhh yes . . . God was teaching me to be flexible.
And so recently, I started wondering . . . how flexible am I (are we) when it comes to God? Am I (are we) ready at a moment’s notice to be flexible and change our plans for what God has for us on any given day?
My Heavenly Father has taught me to happily be ready to change my plans and/or rearrange my schedule for my husband, our children and our friends. He has prepared me to bend and not break when life seems crazy and out of control. But what about when God asks me to be flexible? Am I bending to His will when He calls me to be flexible? When he calls me to witness and go “out of my way” to do His work, am I flexible?
Am I taking every opportunity to “. . . go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19)
When God patiently and lovingly teaches us to be more loving, giving, forgiving and, in my case, “flexible,” I pray we remember to use these gifts to spread His Word, shine His Light and glorify His Kingdom.
Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and He will establish your plans.