Some mornings I don’t listen to my music at all but more often than not, I do. I always choose my favorite songs on my playlist to walk and worship to. The same ones, over and over again. I know which ones I need and what will help me get off to a good start. This morning I decided to hit the shuffle button and I’m so delighted I did. It was like God knew BETTER THAN I DID what I needed this morning. I heard songs I didn’t even know I had on my list and by the time we were back to the car, I was lifted up and ready to face the day.
That’s such a good lesson for us! We’re such creatures of habit and control! You may not realize it but think of what YOU have planned for this day. Better yet, think about yesterday, what you had planned and if something happened to upset your apple cart, how you reacted. Feel me? We think we have it so together and sometimes we do but let one little (or big) thing disrupt our flow we fall to pieces.
Sometimes God has to hit the shuffle button in our lives to expose issues we have, fears we hide and the real intentions of our heart. That’s when it gets real. Love can quickly turn to hate, good can turn into selfish and our faith can leave us lacking. Who are we when we’re shuffled? That’s who we need to deal with.
The thing about a shuffled list is you don’t know what song you’ll hear next. Life is very much like that. Instead of wanting to hear my favourites, I found myself excited to hear what God picked for me to hear next! I surrendered to the shuffle and enjoyed every minute of it! Maybe that’s a message to us to surrender to what God has for us today and not be so naïve as to think we have it all under control. We don’t!
Jeremiah 29:11 (NASB): ‘For I know the plans that I]have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.
1st Peter 4:12-13 (NASB): “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you, which comes upon you for your testing, as though some strange thing were happening to you; but to the degree that you share the sufferings of Christ, keep on rejoicing, so that also at the revelation of His glory you may rejoice with exultation.”