This foolish plan of God (i.e. the message of the cross) is wiser than the wisest of
human plans, and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength. 1 Corinthians 1:25 NLT
Our church Mission Team was zooming with one of our Missionary families. In response to our sincere query about how they are doing now, six months into this pandemic, he said, “Truthfully, I’m feeling frustrated – just by all the uncertainty. We can’t plan anything. We can’t seem to get any momentum.”
A Pastor whose church has been pivoting brilliantly, first to on-line from their facility, to on-line from her living room, back to their facility then to both in-house and on-line, and now back to only on-line. All this while doing their best to be in touch with their seniors and those without internet access. “I’m a bit dizzy from the pivoting … I bought a little pack of Peanut M&Ms and sat down to catch my breath. Now what?”
We’re grieving the loss of SO MANY lives. We’re tired of waiting for things to return to normal. We’re fearful about the prospect of another lockdown, this time during winter weather, which will be even worse than the first lockdown.
Yet, we hear stories of unexpected blessings:
- people watching church services online who haven’t been to church for years, or maybe ever
- believers marvelling in the sense of God’s presence with them as they pray and worship in a small group – over Zoom!
- individuals reaching out with caring phone calls to others more than ever, not wanting anyone to feel forgotten and alone
- Christians banding together with other groups to care for those suddenly needing food
- learning new ways to minister under these circumstances
- realizing the benefits of more family time, more time to read, time to make home-cooked meals, even to bake bread or can fruit!
But, even more than these things, we ponder. Just as God’s amazing plan for the sacrifice of His Son to be the means of salvation and bringing many sons and daughters to glory, so might there be ways that God’s plan for these pandemic days is actually wiser than our human plans for ministry?
Might these wiser, stronger plans involve our learning to wait more in His Presence? Or our learning to trust Him more for amazing results?
Might they involve neighbours, impacted enough by our sense of peace and generous love, that they actually ask us about this?
As he was chafing under a thorn in his flesh, the Lord calmly spoke to Paul, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness”. Having come to understand this scripture, a beloved and frail old man noted, “Our inadequacies are God’s opportunities”.
How are God’s plans wiser than our best planning efforts? I don’t know.
Perhaps as His power works in our weakness, small coincidences happen, unexpected people step up to tasks, anticipation builds in our spirits. Maybe other things happen.
He may, yet again, accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think!
This foolish plan of God is wiser than the wisest of human plans,
and God’s weakness is stronger than the greatest of human strength.”