Plans for a future

Monday, November 22, 2010

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine…” (Ephesians 3:20)

One of the greatest things in technology today can either help you find your way, or irritate you to death as it is telling you “recalculating route”…. Yes, I’m sure you guessed it. I’m talking about a GPS. It’s amazing that no matter where you are, all you have to do is type in your destination and it will tell you and lead you to your destination. The most important part of using a GPS is knowing your destination. In seconds, after it is programmed into the machine, we know how many miles we have to go, what our ETA is, and possibly what the weather is in those places. It’s fast. There’s no waiting. There’s no question. You trust that this little device will get you to the place that you need to go.

I often find myself wanting this journey of life to be much like this. Easy and fast. No questions. Unfortunately, the destination of the journey that God wants to take us on is not something that we are just given like an address. We live in such a fast paced society where everything is right at our fingertips and we have become so impatient. The internet links us to answers to just about anything in seconds, cell phones connect us to each other in seconds, drive thru's give us food in minutes…the list goes on and on.

What am I supposed to do next? Where is God going to take me? What does he want me to do with my career? Who does he want me to be with? Am I going to have to move to Africa? Will I have enough money to do what He is asking me to do? Am I ever going to be a parent?

These are all questions that I think of when I think about the overall picture of life. There is so much uncertainty in life- with finances, placement, even people. Nothing ever seems to be certain. It is no doubt scary.

Regardless of the questions, the worries, the sleepless nights that happen we have been given a promise that says: “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11)

This is quoted often, but if you really and truly believe this in your heart, there is no way this cannot change your life.

God never promised us that life would be easy, that we wouldn’t question things in our lives, or that we should not ever question Him, He promised us that He has plans for us and when we want Him more than anything else, and we are seeking Him, we will find Him.

Regardless of how we see ourselves, whether we believe we are worthy or unworthy for God to use us, He has chosen us and called Each person by name.

Psalm 139 tells us "For I created your inmost being...."

The Lord knows EXACTLY who we are and what he has gifted each one of us with. We are precious in HIS site, not because of a talent we have or some goal we have accomplished, but just because HE loves us and He chose YOU!

“One day at a Time” – it sounds so simple yet it is so difficult to do when you are anxious. The older that I get and the more I look back on situations in my life where nothing seemed to make sense and I was questioning God about what He wanted for me and where he was going to take me, it all makes sense now.

This life is a journey and everyday we have to be ready to accept what God has for us. We have to continually pursue what He has for us. We may not know what is a year down the road, or what He even has for us tomorrow, but the important thing is that we trust Him to show us in His timing, and we must be willing to be obedient to what He is calling us to do.

While not knowing your final destination might be scary, I find so much comfort and peace in the fact that someone bigger than me has everything all planned out. My job is to follow instructions as they are given and trust that in time I will know what I need to and that He will provide for every need that I have. Some of the scariest times in life are they ones when you don’t know what your next step is going to be, but then after you have been obedient to the Lord’s calling whatever the situation, you see God’s faithfulness and his leading in your life.

“The Future” is a conversation that seems to come up quite often these days in my life and among some of my closest friends. I was having lunch with two of my favorite girls this week, and we began to talk about school, different opportunities that God has presented for some of us, and just some prayer requests about direction for the future. We often will say “what if” this happened or I wonder what life is going to be like in a year? Where will we be? What am I going to do after school?

I’d be lying if I said this kind of stuff never stresses me out, or that I don’t worry. The challenge for myself right now during this season of my life is to simply trust. It seems so much easier when I do, but letting go and trusting that in God’s timing He will show me the direction He wants me to go is crucial.

So I challenge myself as well as you, if you are at a place where you question what God has for you next or where He wants you to be in whatever situation you might be facing, let this be a time where your faith comes into action. All of the things I believe about God and proclaim in my heart that He has been and is going to be for me, this is the time where my actions speak louder than words.

Does the way you and I live our lives show that we completely trust that God knows what He is doing? Do you believe he has great plans for you? Are you willing to follow where he leads you? Have you even asked God what He has for you?

“Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:6)

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