I spend a lot of my time on this site talking about trusting God’s Plan and praying for God’s Will…I also have a lot of people emailing, sending a Facebook message, calling, or telling me that my faith in God’s Plan has helped or inspired them. In that spirit, I also believe that I am called to be completely transparent (something that was always tough for me) in my struggles as well. I think that more people can relate to struggles than they can with triumphs, and I believe that we hide these things in the age of social media. The thing that God used to open me to sharing these things was by giving me a physical struggle which I can’t hide, unless I stay inside all of the time. I cannot walk without assistance from my Sidestix. He also coupled that with a hunger to meet, learn from, and relate to people, which does not allow me to stay inside. That brings me to the point of this post…
Many times we feel that God is not moving fast enough, or we see no possible path to where we feel God is calling us to be in the future. We pray that God opens doors, and we pray to God for the strength and courage to walk through them. What happens when God not only opens a door for something, but blows out a wall (and also your comfort level) to accelerate an unlikely path that I could not fathom? My honest answer is, “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh I am not ready or prepared for this!” That is not the appropriate answer in today’s world, where we are supposed to be put together for scripted pictures, edited posts, and photoshopped results. Sometimes when I ask God to work and show himself, what we selfishly mean is not too slow, too fast, or too far out of what makes us feel comfortable.
What I have found is that when this happens, God continues to show Himself very clearly to me. I find myself asking Him to show his direction, and asking Him for clarification when He does. What I am trying to do is rationalize what I am being told into something that makes sense and doesn’t upset my routine. I can find myself rationalizing that I shouldn’t upset my comfortable schedule because it may require me to step out farther in my faith than I anticipated at this time. Sometimes God doesn’t let us wade in one foot at a time…sometimes He calls us to jump and trust the depth of His Plan.
Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV / 260 helpful votes
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.