Reverend Dr. William H. Curtis

A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest heaven!”

Matthew 21:8–9 (NIV)


Something that is required of every child of God is spontaneity. I’m talking about the ability to be led in the moment to do what you had not planned and were never expecting. To have spontaneity is to have enough faith to be flexible, and to let the Lord change your plans. It is to lay down what you had intended and to celebrate Jesus using whatever you have in the moment.

When Jesus rode into Jerusalem, I promise you the people in attendance didn’t wake up that morning and get dressed in clothes that they intended to lay in the streets. They didn’t expect to be waving palm branches in the air and expressing their collective praise and adoration to Jesus.

But when they perceived that the Messiah was riding into the city, they couldn’t help but give in to their spontaneity. They hadn’t meant to lay down their clothing, wave branches, and shout “Hosanna!” but when they recognized that the reigning Christ and the triumphant King was coming to save them, they couldn’t help it.

You may be in a season of life that is inconvenient, strange, and uncertain. If so, let me tell you something that is hard for some to accept: you can’t plan your way through it. You can only spontaneously respond to how the Lord is leading you. Are you waving your praises like palm branches to the Lord in anticipation of what He is going to do? Do you believe that He will save you from what you are going through?

Let your praises spring forth without hesitation or doubt, because your King and Messiah is coming to save you. It will not be in the way you plan, but He will come through for you. Just trust Him and rest assured that help is on the way.