You might be surprised by what we have planned. . . We always are. We often have no idea that in a few hours something will appear quite obvious, and we accept that it is a common goal, established by God. In Jesus Christ, we just know. Other times, what seemed like a great idea just flutters away with a gentle breeze. So far, the work of the Holy Spirit has been quite visible and obvious, once it happens.
Jeremiah 33:3 records God’s clear voice: “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.” Such things are not uncommon for us, but we have particular claim on “revealed secrets.” It’s just that God is so clear. We find his answers in the Bible, waiting for us. We correct and even admonish one another for silly ideas, or bad timing, or encourage one another with Scripture. What we call “plans” are often nothing more than whims. What’s Up Next is the will of our Father, the love of Jesus, and the leading of the Holy Spirit. There is no chaos, confusion, or mystery in it when they call.
So far, in fact, the Up Next part of DCF has been the clearest part of our Mission, but only as it happens.