WHO DIRECTS MY PATH?
PROVERBS 16:9 (NIV) In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
EVERYONE OUT THERE SAY, “AMEN, SISTER!!!”
Boy, can I relate to this quote! Once upon a time I had a secure and comfortable middle-class life. I was happy being average. I thought I knew where I was going in life. I had no big aspirations to be anyone famous or extra special. Nice was good enough for me. Just let me be a good mom and a loving friend to those I hold dear. Well, God had other plans for me. My comfortable life was turned upside down and shattered. Only now am I accepting that His plans for my life are better, even though they are very uncomfortable!
If you have a true passion for Christ and want to please Him, He will call you on it. It does not matter if you are from a teeny-tiny town in Tim-Buck-Two, He sees you and He wants to use you!
We must at some point in our walk with Christ consider whether we are trying to control our futures by ignoring His voice or prompts. We can follow aspirations but we still need to be open to God’s plan for us. We always need to be laying our successes and future at the feet of God. When was the last time you asked Him if you should be doing something else?
Trials are distractions. They can use up our energy and drain us of the desire to give and serve others. But the fact is that by serving in the midst of your personal agony you are getting your eyes off of yourself. Your focus changes when you help others. You become less self-absorbed and your present circumstances will often shrink in comparison to someone else’s burden.
The fact that we are comfy where we are and really don’t want our present state to be disturbed, should at the very least get our attention and concern. I know, who wants to be uncomfortable? Not me, I love my sweat pants and I despise high heels and hosiery. But I see now that life on earth is NOT MEANT TO BE A LIFE OF EASE AND COMFORT, not really.
If you have a desire to mature in your faith, you must be willing to let go of the life you have planned out and be open to the one God has planned for you. We have been given free will, so of course move forward and make choices. But why not lay your decisions at His feet before acting on them? Ask for His permission and guidance. Don’t let fear stop you from seeking His face. He wants the very best for you.
If there is discomfort in the journey He has arranged for you, remember it is but for a moment and not worth comparing to the glories and riches that await you in your eternal home.