It can be really hard to push forward, when you feel you are constantly being shoved back. When every turn feels like a constant battle, and every decision turns into a mountain of headaches. We have all heard the saying that after your hardest times will come your biggest blessings. But in the middle of that storm or trial you are facing, do we really want to hear that? Let alone have the strength to believe it? Often times we try to just push through in our own power, convinced that all of these things are happening because we are doing something wrong or making bad decisions.
We begin to second-guess ourselves. We begin to become anxious and worried about every itty-bitty detail. We tend to want to throw our hands up in the air and say, “Forget it. If God wanted this to happen then He would not allow it to be so hard. Maybe it’s Him telling me this just isn’t right.” Well, maybe. But maybe not. Maybe it is the enemy putting up every attack and stressor to your weaknesses that he knows will put a wrench in your plans. Why would he bother to do that? Two words …
BIG THINGS. When God is working on big things for you and your future, it puts the enemy on edge and alert to steal, kill and destroy. Here’s the kicker—when you willingly obey, trust and step into God’s plan for you—that is when Satan is the most scared and will go to great lengths to create conflict and turmoil in every step you take. The last thing he wants is someone surrendering to God and walking in faith, especially when they cannot see what is beyond the staircase. He wants to keep us wondering, worrying and uncertain so that we will choose a different path that may appear easier or simpler.
What we need to take into consideration when we are ready to stop, give up or run the other way and impulsively choose the opposite or easier route, is this: God can see tomorrow, next week, next month and 10 years down the line. He knows what He has in store for us and how He desires for it to play out. We cannot even see the next minute or around the next corner. We look at how WE want it to play out, not realizing that often the way we want things is not good for us or will cause even greater heartache down the line. We often cry out to God and ask for signs and confirmation of things—yet when they come in a form other than what we hoped or expected, we are quick to say that it must mean this or it must mean that.
What if it simply means that His answer to our request is perfect, but we had already built up expectations of the way we want things and how they should fall into line. Instead of discounting Him, we need to learn to say, “Okay God. I asked you for a sign and you gave me one. I have to say, I don’t like it and it is not what I had visualized that I wanted you to do. But it is from You, Your ways are perfect, and You have only my best interest at heart. So thank You for this sign, thank You for steering me in the direction You want me to go. Whether I understand or not, whether I like it or not … I will obey and follow. Because I know what You have on the other side of it is so much more than I could ever have for myself. Thank You for loving me. Thank You for changing things that need to be changed. And thank You for never letting me settle for less than YOUR best for me. I choose You.”
Let me reiterate that this is NOT easy. Sometimes the scariest and most uncomfortable thing we can do is surrendering to the unknown. But God works when we step outside of ourselves and our own plan, and knits together a tapestry for our life that we could only dream of in the wildest fairy-tale. So give it all over to Him—ALL of it—trust Him with your money, your plans, your time and your life. He has such good things for you and will reward you bountifully for obeying him freely and with genuine faith. Sweet ones, I am so excited and expectant for what God will be able to do for you when you allow Him to shake things up!
“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.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” (Matthew 6:19-21)
“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you. Ponder the path of your feet; then all your ways will be sure. Do not swerve to the right or to the left; turn your foot away from evil.” (Proverbs 4:25-27)