I thought I had my life pretty well planned out. At least, I thought I had a pretty good guess when it came to reading God’s mind on the matter. I know . . . Silly of me, right? And yet, I had no idea the plans God had for me. What I had thought would be my future, ended up only being a stepping stone, but some of the best years of my life were spent on that stone. I’ve come to realize that God’s plans are often very different from my own. I know that should have been obvious, but for some reason, it wasn’t.
I don’t know exactly what my future will look like, but that’s okay, because I know that I serve a loving God who will never leave me or forsake me, and I can trust Him as He directs my path. I’m thankful for how my Heavenly Father has led me and for how patient He has been with me.
I encourage you to seek the Lord’s will and not to be distracted by your own dreams. God gives us desires, but our #1 desire should be to follow our Lord wherever He may lead. That is when we will truly be fulfilled. Only when we have surrendered our dreams to the One who has far greater purposes for us. This is not to say that God does not give us desires that He will ultimately use for His glory. The Lord has given us gifts and talents, but as I mentioned in a previous post, our talents are to be used for the glory of Christ. God may also choose to test us. Do we love Him more than anything else? Even the good things? I’m reminded of Abraham. What faith that took, on his part, to be willing to sacrifice his beloved son! The son God had given him. Abraham was willing to trust God even when it came to his precious child. He did not allow the gift to become a god in his life. Are we willing to allow God to have His way in our lives, and to lay our desires at His feet and trust Him to lead us? This is not to say that I have arrived in this area because I still sometimes struggle to trust God. It is my desire, though, to grow to trust Him fully.
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