Into the Beautiful ~ God’s Wunderlist

Inconvenience me, Lord.

Those are some scary words to pray.  It’s like praying for patience.

Yet, I am certain this is where the growth will be discovered in my life this year.  I recently discovered and started using Wunderlist, a task management tool.  As much as I like the idea of using a tool to help organize and keep me on task, I know the biggest growth opportunities the Lord has planned for me this year won’t be found on my Wunderlist. Nope, I won’t find it planned out and scheduled nicely on a list.

Significant growth will be found when I hand my plans over to the Lord and allow Him to add and delete things as I go about my day.

This is a lesson I have had to learn over and over in my life. When I first started leading small groups, I was an enthusiastic rule follower.  I wasn’t a “born” leader.  It’s not one of my spiritual gifts.  So, sticking to a strict schedule was my comfort zone.  Schedules and clocks still tend to be my comfort zone. During my first few years of leading, if something would happen in my group that caused us to deviate from the plan…I would freak out.  Maybe not so much on the outside, but on the inside I was wiggin!

Yet, it was during the detours from the plan when the Lord seemed to grow my heart the most. I have learned that it’s good to have a schedule but when your boss is God then it is to your advantage to learn to be a little more flexible with your plans. Because, sometimes, God would reveal a more important issue. Sometimes, God would put hurting people in the middle of my well organized plan.  My plan wasn’t the plan.

I learned that God’s Wunderlist is beautiful and well worth the detour.

Imagine that. 🙂

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20 thoughts on “Into the Beautiful ~ God’s Wunderlist

  1. Christina

    So true! His detours are always best and the interruptions to our lives are for our good. May your year be full of God-led detours that bring you ever closer to Him.

  2. Laura Rath

    Hi Eileen,
    I love this! I need to remember to consciously let God be in charge of my day and to let Him change the agenda and to-do list as He sees fit.

    Have a great day,

  3. EvieJo

    I love it when He rearranges my day and it turns out better than I expected although I am not one who adjusts to change very well. I have to remind myself to give up my control of the ride. 🙂

    1. Eileen Post author

      You’re preaching to the choir, EvieJo! I don’t adjust to change very well either. I’m learning. 🙂

  4. David Rupert

    I’m with you on this. “God, detour me! Help me lose my list!”

    The joy of the journey is His best gift to me, and yet I want to short-cut it with my own agenda. I just never learn!

  5. Grayson Pope

    Yep, sometimes God has other plans. It’s funny how much we think ours is the only plan that matters, as if there are no other people in the world and that world isn’t ruled by a God that is sovereign over all. Great thoughts Eileen! By the way, how do you like using Wunderlist?

    1. Eileen Post author

      I signed up for it mid-December right when they were upgrading and so I experienced a ton of glitches at the beginning. Now it’s working great.

  6. Laurie Collett

    The ladies in the Bible study I teach always joke about not praying for patience! But His plan for us is always best, no matter how inconvenient it may seem. Thanks for the great post & for hosting, & God bless!

  7. Chris Vonada

    “wiggin” … lol… I haven’t heard that one in quite a while, but so fitting for what usually happens to me whenever God leads me on a detour from my own wunderlist.

  8. Caroline

    “Because, sometimes, God would reveal a more important issue. Sometimes, God would put hurting people in the middle of my well organized plan. My plan wasn’t the plan.” <– I'm *still* learning this, Eileen. "Inconvenience me" is such a strong prayer.

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