Have you ever noticed how opposites are often attracted to each other? Here is one example, you’re a planner and your spouse is a spontaneous person dragging you on adventures with a whatever may come attitude. Hey, if you know, you know. But the reality of our life here on this earth is that things can change on a dime, and we must be ready. We are never prepared for the unknown because it is the unknown. But our hearts can be prepared for change. 

When serving God, we tell young disciples and students to have an open hand. That way, God can give to us and take from us without a fight if we are open and submitted fully to Him. After losing almost everything, Job cried out in worship, “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; Blessed be the name of the Lord.’ In all this, Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.” (Job 1:21–22; also see Psalm 49:17; Ecclesiastes 5:15)

Consider Philip in Acts 8 where he is called away from a fruitful ministry in Samaria to a desert road from the sake of the Gospel and his life was never the same. Because life, especially life in the church, and the service of God are led by God outside of our time and space. We do not see things the way He does. So, we have adopted the axiom “Blessed are the flexible, for they shall not be broken.” 

Having some divine elasticity to our finite plans and ways of doing things gives the infinite Lord room to move and work in and through us as individuals and as a church community. Saying, “But this is the way we have always done it” creates nothing for the kingdom of God, but a bunch of sacred cows we can do nothing with, and they get in the way of God’s message of salvation to all mankind.

Therefore, we seek to be open to the leading of the Holy Spirit of God by staying flexible to what God desires to accomplish through us, even when that change is hard to understand on the human level. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5–6) Stay flexible. Be obedient. God has a plan.