God’s plan for our lives is a topic Big Fisch and I have been thinking a lot about lately.
We often throw out questions like:
Are we leading the type of life God wants us to?
What motivates the things we do?
Are we where we’re supposed to be?
How will we know when and if it’s time for a change?
All good questions to ask ourselves every so often; even though our honest answers are not always so good.
Comfort and complacency is always an attractive danger that seems to be just around the corner, at least for me. I like knowing what tomorrow will look like, and feeling as if everything will be okay… even though in reality nothing is in our control and tomorrow is never guaranteed.
I believe the Lord wants me to learn to trust Him whole-heartedly, with my tomorrow; with my future and what He wants to do with my life. I believe He wants me to trust that what I might hold to for an “ideal life” can’t even touch the riches He has in store for a life fully surrendered to Him. Yet I fight this truth all the time out of fear.
1 Corinthians 2:9-10 says that “no eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind can conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him. These are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit.”
So even if my mind can’t conceive it, the Spirit of God in me is living evidence that an obedient life will bring His plans for me to fruition.
Beth Moore draws this beautiful scenario in Breaking Free, that for me, makes my heart yearn to pursue the fullest life with Christ that I can. It looks a little long typed out, but I really encourage you to read it all. She says this:
Imagine going to heaven and standing by God as He lovingly shows you the calendar of His plan for your earthly life. It begins with the day you were born. Once you received Christ as Savior, every day that follows is outlined in red. You see footprints walking through each day of the week of your life. On many days, two sets of footprints appear. You inquire: “Father, are those my footprints on the calendar every day and is the second set of prints when you joined me?
He answers, “No, My precious Child. The consistent footprints on your calendar are Mine. The second set of footprints are when you joined Me.”
“Where were you going, Father?”
“To the destiny I planned for you, hoping you’d follow.”
“But Father, where were my footprints all those times?”
He answers, ” Sometimes you went back to look at the old resentments and habits while I was still going forward, hoping you’d join me. Sometimes, you departed from My path and chose your own calendar instead. Other times, your footprints can even be seen on another person’s calendar because you thought you liked their plan better. At other times, you simply stopped because you would not let go of something you could not take to the next day.”
But, Father, we ended up OK even if I didn’t walk with You every day, didn’t we?”
He holds you close and smiles, “Yes, Child, we ended up OK. But, you see, OK was never what I had in mind for you.”
“Father, what are those golden treasure boxes on certain days?”
“Blessings, My Child, I had for you along the way. Those that are open are those you received. Those still closed were days you did not walk with Me.”
Praise God that He holds our future. That He writes my story…not me. And that I can trust Him to lead me exactly where I need to go.
We have no need to worry about tomorrow or what our next move should be. All we need to do is trust, listen, and obey. And He takes care of the rest.
Lord, give me the strength to choose you every day. May my life bring glory to You in all that I do, as I follow in Your footprints and not my own.