It does not, therefore, depend on man's desire or effort, but on God's mercy.
We're up to our eyeballs in Tulsa Workshop preparations around here. And the closer we get to Wednesday evening's start, the more we are reminded that it really isn't up to us. If it's going to happen and if things are going to fall into place, it's going to be as a result of God's work and His mercy, not our planning and organization and control.
The circumstances of our lives spiral out of control all the time. Whether they be big events such as this Workshop, or small events like a simple trip to the grocery store gone awry, this issue of where our dependence will rest is a constant battleground in each of our minds. Because everytime we think we have things under control, something happens to make it fall flat or apart. That would be crushing to someone who is dependent on their own effort, but when your complete dependence is on God, it is exciting to see how He will make something out of nothing (Romans 4:17).