Spontaneity or Planning – Example!

Posted: June 2, 2011 in Wandering Thoughts

When planning for a year, plant corn. When planning for a decade, plant trees. When planning for life, train and educate people.

One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 24:3-4 Through skillful and godly Wisdom is a house (a life, a home, a family) built, and by understanding it is established [on a sound and good foundation],  And by knowledge shall its chambers [of every area] be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

So what i’m saying is that i lend myself to planning… but then i also lend myself to Jesus example in Matthew 14

When Jesus got the news, he slipped away by boat to an out-of-the-way place by himself. Planning right?

But unsuccessfully—someone saw him and the word got around. Soon a lot of people from the nearby villages walked around the lake to where he was. So unsuccessful planning becomes spontaneity?

When he saw them coming, he was overcome with pity and healed their sick. Spontaneous compassion which brought about correlating actions?

15Toward evening the disciples approached him. “We’re out in the country and it’s getting late. Dismiss the people so they can go to the villages and get some supper.” Planning?

16But Jesus said, “There is no need to dismiss them. You give them supper.” Alternative planning?

Then He ordered the crowds to recline on the grass; and He took the five loaves and the two fish, and, looking up to heaven, He gave thanks and blessed and broke the loaves and handed the pieces to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the people. He took the facts of five loaves and two fish and He gave thanks and blessed them. He turned the facts over to the Father and ended up with an abundance. Jesus didn’t calculate how much he needed or wanted he knew that the Father was His source, His provider. The way i see it, Jesus did His part and let the Father do and even depended on Him to do the rest. What a great example of planning and spontaneity working together for Gods glory. So why not both, spontaneity and planning!

Right after this event Jesus executed what sounds to me like His planning.  As soon as the meal was finished, he insisted that the disciples get in the boat and go on ahead to the other side while he dismissed the people. With the crowd dispersed, he climbed the mountain so he could be by himself and pray. He stayed there alone, late into the night.

It seems to me that Jesus used planning but with the ability to act spontaneous when the occasion arose. It says that Jesus insisted that the disciples follow the planning that He outlined for them.

In closing i would just make comment that Jesus thought enough of the goal or purpose of what He needed and was to do that He uesed planning to get it done. The goal  here, was for Him to get to a place where He could be alone and pray and not for a moment, on the fly, or in battle against all that people would expect or ask of Him. He wanted and needed alone time with the Father, so He made a plan to get it and then insisted on accomplishing it, and best of all then enjoyed it late into the night.

Both spontaneity and planning have their place and can be of great benefit when needing to accomplish something, let’s say like… prayer.

Plans are nothing; planning is everything. Dwight D. Eisenhower

Dwight obveously never experienced the spontaneity of the Holy Spirit invading ones planning.

You might lose your spontaneity and, instead of composing first-rate Gershwin, end up with second rate Ravel. Maurice Ravel

i wonder if all spontaneity doesn’t begin somewhere in planning?

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Comments
  1. Luke wasnt planning to write an account..that would be read by people from another culture 2000 years later.

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