Common sense is very useful for many things. It prevents us from burning our hand on the oven, from yanking on the steering wheel while going 60 mph down the highway, and from eating foods that smell funky. Common sense also tells us to get a good night’s sleep before a busy day, to lock our doors when leaving the house, and to say “thank you” to someone holding the door for us. Common sense alleviates the stress of day-to-day life if we follow its guidance.
Only when common sense usurps God’s will does it become a problem. God’s plan is sprinkled with crazy and weird moments that you will never be able to imagine or plan for. As I’ve walked with God, I’ve noticed that the Holy Spirit will lead me on a path where common sense runs out. All of a sudden, I look down and realize that I’m walking by faith in a mysterious maze made by God’s glory and grace. If I look to the left or right, I become freaked out; so all I can do is hold on to His promises, trust His direction and walk straight toward His voice.
The one thing I’ve learned about walking by faith is that I can’t try to plan everything. I plan because I don’t want to worry, but I worry because I’m not trusting God. When I plan something over and over again in my mind, I will zip right past the fork in the road (opportunity) that God has prepared for me. And if I’m not seeking the Holy Spirit’s counsel daily — because I’m relying too much on myself — I will not jump into the unknown when God says “JUMP!” Instead, I will turn my nose at the blessing in disguise and continue pleading for God to move in my life.
Most of our days will be normal. We pray, read our Bibles, talk about Jesus and seek the character of God. But, it is only in those rare moments when God sees that we are ready that He’ll present us with a direction that seems to defy common sense. It is in that moment when we have to obey God’s leading and abandon our preconceived notions. We forgo what’s standard, expected and normal and cling tightly to the movement of God. For it is at this strange time of uncertainty that God really shines and people start to notice, and we can’t take any of the credit because we were desperately submitted to the Holy Spirit in unknown territory.
“For we live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5.7 NIV).