When we are looking at a given situation, what lense are we looking through? One with the focus of our personal goals? One with others expectations? Or one with God’s plan as the desired direction?
Depending on the lense, our outlook can vary greatly. There is no need to build up suspense of what God wants us to strive for.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6
Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” Psalm 143:8
These scriptural truths are easier to hold firmly in theory, but how do they stand up to real world events?
Recently, my family dealt with a housing issue that resulted in us leaving for about a month. Stress, bitterness, anger and anxiousness were some of our emotions. How could this happen? This wasn’t part of our plan! What is our next step? Once we removed ourselves from that hamster wheel, the generosity and prayers of those close to us and far away was overwhelming. Stepping aside and actively seeking God took us from a time of confusion to a time of hope. In the end, it led us to a wonderful new living situation. The question I ask myself now is, Why wouldn’t I want God to show me the way?
The above example doesn’t mean full reliance on God is a simple task. It is something that requires constant diligence.
One more personal anecdote to illustrate the progresses of this posture. My wife and I were looking for community with other couples especially those with young children. We were in a bible study that was growing together, but still desired “couple friends.” We prayed about it all the while working out possible solutions outside our present choices. Fast forward to earlier this month and God very directly told us “The community you desired is here. I placed you in this bible study for a reason.” Our eyes were set on OUR goals and not GOD’S PLAN.
What in your life are you holding onto control of? How can you actively give that up this week?
Praying you and your families have a wonderful Christmas season!