It’s good to have a plan.
No matter what you’re doing, the odds of it turning out right are a lot better if you figure out how to do it, before you do it. If you make sure you’ve got everything you need to do it.
But there’s a risk. At least for me.
I can overthink things, get stuck, and end up not doing anything at all. If I don’t know how it’s all going to work out. Or if I can’t see that I already have everything I need.
Before I know it, I’m not trusting God.
It’s not that I have anything against God. I just know what it takes to get the job done. And without really meaning to, I end up trusting me.
Which usually leads to things going very wrong. Or not happening at all.
It’s amazingly stupid on my part. Since (if I’m honest) I’m very aware of my track record when I trust anybody but God. And it’s a mess.
Sunday’s Gospel is Jesus’ quiet, powerful response to all of that. Excessive planning. Overthinking. Trusting anybody but God.
Even though no one can see how it could possibly work, Jesus says it will work.
And it does.
More on this tomorrow.