Recently, we’ve had several people ask us, “What is your plan?”, or “Where are you going next?”, or “Do you have an itinerary figured out?”
It’s such a straightforward, simple question. Why is it so difficult for me to answer? (long sigh) The short answer is, no. I sure wish we did though! We have a tentative schedule through the first week of July, and nothing figured out after that. Full disclosure, we just changed our tentative schedule again, yesterday. We are trying to wait on the Lord & we are experiencing “analysis paralysis”.
Don’t get me wrong. We like making plans. We like plans a lot! We realized fairly shortly after starting to travel in the RV that, “Our decision making abilities resembled those of a squirrel crossing the road.” My dad texted me that joke, I don’t know where he heard it. In case you’ve never seen a squirrel crossing the road, it’s a frantic display of indecision. The poor creatures frequently change their direction without warning, not knowing how to avoid the car. In about 5 seconds, they have changed directions about 15 times. It’s really kind of awful to watch and the whole time you’re just trying to “will” the little thing to run away from the tires! It’s not a pretty sight. If the squirrels would just pick a direction and stick to it, their chances of being hit by the car would be significantly decreased.
It’s so difficult to describe the feeling of having to make major decisions under the most stressful circumstances. The first step is trying to turn on the frontal lobe of your brain to think of some reasonable ideas to choose from. Then good luck trying to pick one. E and I seem to be stuck in “analysis paralysis”. Wikipedia defines the term well.
“Analysis paralysis describes an individual or group process when over-analyzing or over-thinking a situation can cause forward motion or decision making to become ‘paralyzed’, meaning that no solution or course of action is decided upon. A situation may be deemed as too complicated and a decision is never made due to the fear that a potentially larger problem may arise. A person may desire a perfect solution but fear making a decision that could result in error, while on the way to a better solution. Equally, a person may hold that a superior solution is a short step away, and stall in its endless pursuit, with no concept of Diminishing returns.”
Click here for more from Wikipedia on Analysis Paralysis.
Yep! That sounds right. We are definitely stuck in analysis paralysis. We are praying for wisdom about what to do, and so far, the only answer we seem to be hearing is “wait”. So, I’m sitting here thinking, “Come on God, get with the program, what do You want us to do, give us a sign!” But that’s not the way God works, is it. Being a Christian, isn’t about me inviting God to be a part of my story, and give me a solution to my problems. It’s about God inviting me to play a small part in His story. It’s about bringing glory and honor to His name whatever my circumstances are. (I got this idea from The Bible Project, click here for the podcast, Ecclesiastes Study: Hevel.)
At any rate, I’m certain that everything is going to be fine. We will come up with a plan eventually. We may not have an answer when we want it, but God will provide one when we need it.
That reminds me of one of my Uncle W.B.’s famous lecturers, “Needs, Wants, and Desires”. He gives examples like this: You need hydration, you want juice, and you desire fresh-squeezed lemonade. Here’s another example, you need shelter, you want to be able to move your shelter around, and you desire a 35ft Winnebago. And another, you need to stay somewhere, you want a plan, you desire to have the plan figured out right now. Isn’t this fun! We used to get to practice this game a lot when we were teenagers. Whenever we said that we “needed” something we got to do a little analysis and figure what exactly we “needed” and what we “desired” but did not actually “need”. My cousins T.B. and K.B are experts at it! I’m sure your kiddos are going to just love it.
For now, this Blog is going to keep on telling you where we’ve been. Where we are going will just have to be a surprise for everyone (including us).
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. – Psalm 27:14 (NIV)
Do not be wise in your own eyes;
Fear the Lord and depart from evil. – Psalm 3:27 (NKJV)
If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,￼ who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. – James 1:5 (NIV)
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7 (NIV)
Thank you, so much, for following us and reading our blog! As we continue to pray for wisdom, we would surely appreciate your prayers as well.