I usually do something weird when I watch any movie. Before I start the movie, I go straight to Wikipedia and read the plot of the movie so that I’m not surprised. If I want to be surprised a little, I read the plot paragraph by paragraph as I watch the movie. Weird, I know.
I love knowing how things will go and where they will end, not just in movies, but also in life. I believe it saves me the stress and anxiety of ‘what-ifs’. The way I see it, it’s better to be prepared for what is coming.
Recently, I was trying to figure out just how I could monetize a project I’m working on. I was thinking of different possibilities when the thought dropped into my head:
You don’t always have to figure everything out. Allow God to surprise you.
This was remarkable because I had never consciously thought of it in that way before. My default mode is to figure everything out myself.
You see, our minds can conceive amazing possibilities. We can out-think other people, come up with interesting and creative ideas and how to work them out bit by tiny bit. That’s great. We’re made in the image of God, after all.
But as awesome as it would seem to know and plan everything, it can also be very exhausting. We don’t always have to have all the answers. We don’t always have to get our planning perfect. It’s okay not to understand how everything will fall into place; sometimes it’s enough just to know that they will fall into place somehow. It’s okay not to have it all figured out. Personally, this is a lesson in trust for me, one I’m still learning.
If you’re like me, hey, it’s okay to let God surprise you. And like the good Father that He is, He has a lot of things up His sleeves that would surprise us. We’re helped by God. God’s got us!
And about my weird movie habit, well, I promise not to read up the plot of the next movie I watch. I’ll let the director surprise me. It’s good practice, right?
Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God.
– Psalm 46:10a (The Passion Translation)