I’ve been growing accustomed to a journey filled with bends in the road that I can’t see beyond. It’s been a faith walk the past few years into things unimagined and unforseen even. And most days I’d tell you I’m not so sure where I’m going so much as just learning to follow the rabbit trails that point me the direction that God is calling. I’m not so much of a super planner anyways, but the more I learn to walk curiously, the more I find myself in placed I’d never even considered going at all.
But in this road I’m traveling, I see easily how rabbit trails can turn into a rat race. How we think we see what could be beyond, so we veer off course and instead of following God, we begin to pursue a seen end.
I tend to think though that the rat race is really just a mouse trap.
I tend to avoid political discussion here in this space. I refrain from becoming self-indulgent to engage in social commentary. It’s not that I shy away from it, so much as don’t feel called into the arguing or the point proving. That to me feels like a veering off track for me personally, but I have had a thought over the past few weeks that I think God is calling me into that is a part of this journey of curious faith. It’s the thought that…
“Sometimes I will make seemingly bad business decisions to make good Kingdom ones.”
That’s not to say that I will be foolish, but it is to say that if God is behind anything that I’m doing…if I’m following something that I believe He has asked me to walk into, then it’s really as simple as either I trust Him or I don’t.
If I trust God, and trust that I’m walking hard after Him, then I don’t need to worry about how sometimes I might make a decision that seems upside down to the world. It’s what my friend Ann Voskamp calls the Upside Down Kingdom. It’s putting the Lord and the things of His heart first and not striving.
Ecclesiastes 4:4 says, “Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.”
I don’t want to get caught in the winds of envy of others that blow me off course. I don’t want to get sucked into a rat race that traps me. I just want to follow Jesus wherever that takes me…and if that means that sometimes I’ll seem foolish to this world, then so be it.