Let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision, you’ll see it yet. Philippians 3:15 (The Message)
When I was a young girl, I often wondered what plans God had for me. I wanted to know the purpose God had for my life. I offered up my plans to God (so the sovereign Lord would know the game plan – right? Like God needed me to lay it out for Him!), and I believed He would help me accomplish my plans as I journeyed through my life.
This was my mindset through my growing-up years up to adulthood.
I wanted my life to have purpose.
I wanted to achieve goals I set for myself. I set goals in motion, and would approach God in my prayers of the plans I had set as I accepted that new position at work. After several years of pursuing my career goals, I realized I was not as fulfilled as I thought I would be after I reached my goals.
I realized I had been leading my life and not asking God His purpose for my life.
I was limiting myself to what I thought my life should be, and not stepping out in faith to trust in God’s perfect plan for me.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 (NIV)
I realized I had to let go of the control over my life and surrender all to God. Easy to say, but not always easy to do – can anyone else relate to this?! – but it is so worth it, because God’s purpose for me is not only good, but it is perfect! I learned having goals in life is good when you balance it with time in God’s Word and listening to what your Father has to share with you, His precious daughter.
God’s plans endure forever; His purposes last eternally. Psalm 33:11 (TEV)
~ Denise Sausaman
Read Ephesians 3:20 and Jeremiah 29:11. Meditate on the scriptures and devote some quiet time to hear God speaking to your heart. What plans and dreams have God placed in your heart? Is there something in your life you need to stop controlling and trust God’s plan instead?