I don’t know.
If you knew me, you would know how difficult those words are for me. I don’t like not knowing.
I’m the friend in the group who meticulously plans an outing to the movies. I must know how many people are going, the time of the movies, and the approximate cost.
I’m the college student that wants to know how long it will take to graduate, how much financial aid will it take, and exactly where I will work afterwards.
I’m the single gal who wants to know exactly how my life will look five years from now; where I’ll be living, whether I will be married, how many children I will have.
Yeah, that’s me. I’m a know it all.
I have learned over the last few years that God is also an extreme planner just like me. There’s just one catch though, he doesn’t always share every detail of His plans with me.
If you are like me, and find yourself in a season of life where you don’t know what the next few months of your life will be like, rest assured that it’s okay. God has called us to live by faith, not by planning.
Don’t get me wrong, planning is of extreme importance, but we cannot plan ourselves out of God’s will.
As young adults, we are hammered with the idea that we must have all the finances in place to have a successful future. We must plan our lives and have five, ten, fifteen year goals. We must have in our minds the exact picture of who we will marry and exactly when. Our lives must be accurately planned out. This led me to a state of extreme anxiety in my life, because I had no clue about any of these things!
See, God has taught me that in order to live a life of peace, I MUST relinquish control. Many people today live in a constant state of anxiety because they want to know every detail, every outcome. This is simply impossible, and quite frankly, God’s job. A job we are terribly under qualified for.
In Matthew 9:10-13 Jesus calls one of his disciples. Matthew is called in the same manner as the other eleven disciples. Jesus walks by him and simply says, “Follow me.” The bible tells us in verse ten, that Matthew simply got up, and followed Jesus.
Notice how Matthew asked no questions. He didn’t ask Jesus if there would be a full-time ministry salary or even where in the world they were going. In fact, Matthew had no idea who Jesus was. The bible does not tell us if Matthew had ever met Jesus prior to this encounter, but I believe that God had been working in Matthew’s heart for a long time. Matthew might have heard about this man Jesus, and his heart was already stirred.
…his heart was already stirred.
See, many people do not understand the significance of Matthew’s obedience to the call of Jesus. Matthew was a tax collector employed by the Roman government who ruled Israel at the time. By the Jewish people, he was seen as a traitor. He was hated by his own people. He was wealthy and accomplished (well, by the world’s standards that is). Matthew gave up EVERYTHING to follow Jesus, even his wealthy lifestyle.
So, you know what? It looks like Matthew’s five year financial goals were slightly interrupted by Jesus. Moreover, it looks like his new job did not come with a 401K. Matthew’s life was completely taken in a new direction.
Now, I’m not saying that we are all called to drop all our belongings and follow Jesus into the African bush. Now, what I am saying is, we must be open to the call of Jesus, whatever it may be.
Now, what I am saying is, we must be open to the call of Jesus, whatever it may be.
So many of us live life thinking we are pleasing God by doing what we are supposed to, but serving God involves a lot of boldness. We can’t plan our lives to the point that we don’t hear God beckoning us out of our comfortable plans. It is responsible to have our finances in order and know how we will go about getting our education, but in the process, don’t forget to ask for God’s direction.
Dear daughter, God has already planned out your life. It says in Jeremiah 29:11,
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11, ESV)
How about dropping our Erin Condren planners for a few minutes, and asking God to show us His plan. For Him to take over and show us where we must go. You might just be surprised with what desires He places in your heart. What’s crazier, those dreams in your heart that no else really knows about, He might bring into reality.
What’s crazier, those dreams in your heart that no else really knows about, He might bring into reality.
It’s not easy to let go of the steering wheel and allow God to take His rightful place in the driver’s seat. It is so worth it, though. It will take all your anxiety away when you realize that you don’t have to know every detail.
Sister, I will leave you with one last thing. Remember, ask God to bring you into His plans, and not for Him to come into yours. Trust me, God’s purpose for your life is much more wild, amazing, fantastic, crazy, than your own. Give in.
Written by Carla Lopez, Co-founder of Empowered Beauty.
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