Doing “random”

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I have a friend visiting this week. When dinnertime arrived, I asked, “Where do you want to go?” She said, “Let’s do random.” That’s a code word for “Let’s not plan, let’s just go.” There was a palatable feeling of disorder that washed over me. Now, those that know me, know that I’m not the greatest planner in the world. I’m more spontaneous than most, but just the word gave a bit of “pause.” There is an element of trust that is in play when you “do random.” You trust that you’ll not be disappointed. You trust that you won’t drive off a cliff in your pursuit of “random.”

We found a great restaurant that we wouldn’t have landed on if I planned dinner. So what’s the point? A certain amount of randomness or spontaneity is not a bad thing. It might even bolster your trust quotient in other areas as well.

There is a certain amount of spontaneity that is necessary for trusting God. God knows what is going on — all the hows, whens, and whys. When you do not know what to do or what will happen next, trust that He does.

Consider these two verses that should be kept in the parameters of tension. Psalm 62:8 Trust in Him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to Him, for God is our refuge.1 Cor 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

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