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There have been many times my life did not track the way I thought it would according to my list of plans, dreams, and goals. (I am guessing I am not alone in this!) Instead we find that following God is not a straight line between Point A and Point B. Some of us are still between A and B, trying to find our way.
Experience has taught me this valuable truth:
Yet, when I watched my life take twists and turns that did not seem to add up to any expectation of what I perceived to be God’s plan for my life, I wrestled with how to deal with the perplexing turns my life was taking.
I know God is in the business of changing, molding, shaping, and testing us. There will be unexpected twists and turns in the events of our lives that will make us wonder what God is doing, and the answer won’t seem clear at all. That is part of the test to see if we are serious about the work He has called us to do. It is also part of the test to see if we are willing to be changed, molded, and prepared for what He has planned for us in His perfect timing, perfect way, and in His perfect will.
I don’t know if the perplexing part of my journey was God changing me, preparing me, testing me, or the enemy assaulting me, or if it was all of those. If God was changing me, I am definitely a different person now. If He was testing me, I want to pass the test. If He was preparing me, I am thankful for the work He is doing in me. If the enemy was attacking me, he failed.
God is building something out of our lives, and the beginning product does not look like the finished product.
While God knows exactly what He is doing, we often find ourselves frustrated with uncertainty for what He hasn’t yet revealed. He asks us to wait and trust and keep doing what we know to do as we continue to follow Him along this path we call our lives.
There will be disappointments we must endure as we know in our finite hearts that we cannot see the big picture that God sees.
When we keep our eyes on Him and strive to move forward in our faith and on our journey, we will see unfolding events that slowly reveal the plans He has for us. Ultimately, God’s will is being accomplished in our lives, and that is the best track of all.
A man’s heart plans his way, but the LORD directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Shared by Kathy Cheek