How do we know we are headed to the things of God? How do we know that we are making a difference for His Kingdom? When does it become completely clear that we are doing God’s will? I don’t have all the answers to these questions and there is a multitude of different answers that we could come up with. I feel that as it is stated in Jeremiah 29:11 that our purpose was already planned out before we were even born. That’s a hefty revelation for some especially when we all have our own plans and desires for our lives.
So many of us become Christians’ yet we still want to do it our way. We seem to think we have such a better way of doing things than God. For some reason we think that our plan is going to work so much better than God’s. May I take a moment to remind us that He is the creator of the UNIVERSE?! He is the director of our steps IF we allow Him to. As we go about trying to make our plans work, He waits patiently for us to reach the dead ends. He waits like a patient father waiting for a wayward child to come to their senses. He waits and waits until we figure out we just cannot do this thing called life on our own.
If I have learned anything in 43 years of life, I have finally grasped the idea of surrender. In order for me to know where to go next, I have to surrender my life. Yes, my WHOLE life, not just parts of it…ALL of it. Such a hard revelation at times. If I ever want to do anything for Jesus, I have to be aware of the fact that my life is not my own. It never was and I will never be able to put my own restrictions on it if I have said yes to Jesus. I am no longer at a crossroads in this area, especially after all the good things which have happened since I learned to apply the principle of surrender in my life. If I had not surrendered my marriage situation I would not be happily remarried right now and on the journey of a life time!
I encourage all of us to just surrender. Surrender your life. Surrender your will. Surrender your emotions. Surrender who you think you should be to God and see if He agrees. If we want to do anything for Jesus on this earth, we have to choose to stay surrendered to His plan for our lives. If we want to see people with healed hearts and renewed minds, we have to remain surrendered to God’s Plan, not our own.
About a week ago I was captivated by this marvelous sunset on Lake Michigan. As I was trying to capture its’ beauty I noticed just to the left of the lighthouse flashing blue lights in the water and in summer that only means one thing, they were looking for someone. I stopped taking pictures and began to pray for the victim and the family, not knowing how long the person had been missing.
I got home and checked Facebook (as we don’t watch television) and discovered a 15 year old young girl had drowned around 7:30 pm and they were trying to locate her. Her body was actually not discovered until two days later late in the evening. What a sad tragedy for this family. We can dwell on the fact that there were warnings. We can debate whether she was a strong enough swimmer. We can argue that we should have done something else. We can blame the city for not enough accessible life rings. What good would all of that do? A family has lost a member and that’s where the focus has got to be.
Sometimes we just have to come to a place where we know it was God’s will and we need to be at peace with that. Does it not say in the Bible that He turns all things to good? We need to find that place in our existence where we trust all the parts of the Bible and begin to apply it to our lives. My heart grieves with the family and I fully recognize the loss yet I know God had a plan. He may have used this to touch the hearts of people in and around the family. He possibly touched hearts in the community and on the rescue teams. He already knew this was going to happen if we believe in Jeremiah 29:11.
All in all I just want to convey that we need to know that we know that we know God is in control. We need to begin to fully rely on God and trust in His plan for each of our lives. As my heart goes out to the family, I pray they recover quickly from the loss of their little girl. I know God will send comfort to all who are in mourning. Soon they will be able to see that God was not angry or out to get anyone, He just has plans sometimes which we do not comprehend.