I’ve had an interesting summer. It definitely wasn’t at all what I imagined it to be, but I’ve come to accept that the way we imagine things is almost never the way things turn out. It’s not because we’re stupid or naive, or because we have unrealistic expectations. It’s simply because we are not God. Our minds are narrow and our perspectives are blinded because of human nature.
It’s tricky to master the art of trusting God. To trust God is to hand everything over to Him- your plans and thoughts; everything. It’s humbling ourselves to the point where we find complete peace in our lives when things don’t go the way we had in mind. I’m not saying it’s easy, but I will say that I would much rather hand my plans over to God than handle them on my own. I can say this because I know that God has my best interest. If I was able to control everything, things would be pretty crazy because even though I can act like I have it all figured out, I know fully well that I don’t. I’ve reached a point where I believe that He knows me a lot better than I know myself. So even when something unexpected happens that I can’t control, that’s when I know to leave it to God to handle because He is in the midst of it and He does not make mistakes. Faith is knowing and believing, not wondering and doubting.
You know what I love? I love the fact that God always wins. The enemy comes to steal, kill, and destroy but as Christians we are more than conquerors through Christ. I love that. I love knowing that God is the one who has the final say. What a relief! God is in control and God always wins. Stating that God is in control is one thing, but actually believing that and living it out brings me to an entirely different level of faith.
The plans we have for our lives will change if they don’t line up with God’s will or His timing. Whether we want them to or not, it’s inevitable and impossible to avoid. No matter how we feel, or how we see a situation God has the final word. I like the saying,”Pray as if it’s up to God, work as if it’s up to you.” I think that pretty much nails it.
I think it’s wrong of us to say that x or y will never happen or, the opposite, x or y will happen. I see that as putting a limit on the power of God and trying to keep things under our control. Saying those things is almost always based off of how we feel in that moment. Life wasn’t meant to be lived off of the way we feel. A life lived off emotions is one sad and unfulfilling life if you ask me. What it always comes down to is what God wants. He works in mysterious ways. What may seem unlikely, unrealistic, unattainable, or unattractive in our minds now might be exactly what God has in mind, but in HIS timing. The great part about this is that we don’t have to worry about or think about it. I love that. Everything God has planned out will fall into place. In the meantime, all we need to do is live our lives for God and ourselves without being held down or held back. Selfish? Maybe, yes. But completely fair. It’s not a matter of waiting around to see what happens. People who do that are people who I don’t have much patience for. It’s a matter of living by faith and not by feelings. That’s giving God control and that’s the right thing to do.