For all my careful planning and studying and trying to do things well, I couldn’t have prepared for how things would actually go these last several years—not even a little bit. Pursuing goals is one of those things that sounds good in theory, but when reality hits, too many goals vaporize.
People naturally like practical things, predictable things, but life is neither of those. Your best “plan A” might have worked in any other set of circumstances…except the circumstances you’re in. Sometimes the ideas God weaves into your heart will be a “not now.” Sometimes they’re a surrendering of our own agenda. Sometimes our offering can become an idol, and God will give us opportunities to practice choosing Him over and over. Whatever you think that maybe God’s placed in your heart, Hebrews 11:6 tells us that it’s impossible to please God without faith.
The calling over our lives might all be different and have different paths of getting there, but how many people do you know who are living out what they believe to be God’s heart for their life? I don’t mean comfort; I mean God’s desire for their time on earth.
When God casts a vision over His children, it might cost their immediate comfort. Yet, talking about that often elicits a few different, albeit predictable, responses. “I believe in God, but I’ll pursue His calling on my life…when I win a bucket of money…when it feels right…when it happens naturally…when I can give up the security of my current lifestyle…when circumstances are more stable…”
Decades roll by, and perhaps we’re no closer to that “thing” He has for us because we’re not willing to take the first step. We’re not willing to put one foot in the river or one foot on the water, believing that Jesus will catch us if we fall.
Belief isn’t trust. Well-intentioned people can spend their whole lives believing God exists, while not actually trusting Him. Sometimes we need to be willing to boldly step into new waters and trust that God is there in the uncertainty. That’s the difference. That’s trust.
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