When You Don’t Know Where to Turn
When my plans fail, I automatically feel the need to come up with a new plan. Time without a plan is time wasted in my book.
When I found myself in this situation, I was sitting on my porch, crying to one of my most Christ-like friends and told her I had no idea what my next move was. I had no clue where to turn from here.
She simply told me, “That is okay.”
She shared with me the words of Isaiah 30:21 and it changed my mindset forever.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.”
I had never felt so strongly that God put a verse in the Bible thousands of years ago for me to find specifically on my porch in 2016.
It was the first time it truly clicked for me that HE was in complete control of my life and my efforts would never be significant enough to mess up what He had predestined for me before I was even born.
The passage tells us that He will guide us to the way, but we must walk in it. Walking is an action. Trusting God is not a lethargic trust, is it active and always moving forward, trusting He is guiding those steps.
When Pruning Hurts
I hate gardening.
I am so glad there are people in the world who love it and create beautiful things for us to enjoy, but it has never been worth the work to me. I think it is really cool how God, the Author of Creation, uses it as such a beautiful comparison of our faith.
“I am the vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit He prunes so that it will bear even more fruit.”
Sometimes, even if you’re a “good Christian”, God has to prune the things in our life that are preventing us from being our best and serving Him to the fullest.
This is not a fun time.
We often wonder why this season of pruning is happening to us, especially since we have some decent fruit to show. However, we are so fortunate to have a God who doesn’t just want decent for us, He wants us to thrive and know His will is best for us.
The New Thing
I am a firm believer that when crappy things happen, your reaction can make all the difference. You can choose to let those circumstances break you or you can actively let them build you. Any situation can be used to bring God glory if you choose to do so. Holding on to your past hurts will never help you in trying to move forward.
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
He is doing something new. He is making a way for us. He gives us streams in our wasteland. Even when it feels like He left us, He is still there and working in ways we cannot see or understand yet. One of my favorite things about God is that He is too awesome and huge for our tiny human brains to comprehend. Even if He were to reveal Himself fully, it would be inconceivable to us. He reveals Himself and His plan when He knows that is it for our good, not a moment sooner or later.
The pruning of the relationships, careers, friendships, goals, plans and ideas that are weighing us down prepare us to be who and what He has intended us for.
These seasons prepared me for the sweetest relationship I never saw coming, the career field I never thought I was cut out for, the joy of new friendships that challenge my faith, and the sweet intimacy of a closer relationship with Jesus Christ.
Did my pruning suck?
Is my life all figured out and super fruity now?
And that is okay because I know whether I turn to the right or to the left, I am walking in His way and trusting His path.
This is the way; walk in it.