If you missed the last blog post, “The No-Plan, Plan” go back so you can see where this story started.
Several years ago, I surrendered my will to God over something really huge in my life. It was something that I had no control over but I knew my only hope was to surrender. It was the most freeing time in my life. Since then, I have been working on the God Plan. I say working because we are a constant work of transformation when we are working in God’s plans.
At the end of last year, I was struggling with where and how I was going to be ministering. I continued to use opportunities at my church but kept wondering if this is what God wanted to do with me? I had this burning desire to share God’s Word but was struggling with knowing what He had planned for me.
Sometimes we may feel like we are working on God’s plan, we may be serving and doing all that we feel He is asking of us but we want results. We want answers or we want a clear sign or signal that we are on the right path. But then what feels like happens is nothing. No sign, no clear signal, because God says wait. You are on my plan. You are on my time clock. If we trust Him we have to sometimes do just that, wait.
My friend sent me a verse that spoke the words I was feeling so well I was pretty sure that it was written for me.
Jeremiah 20:9 But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord or speak in His name, His Word burns in my heart like a fire. It is like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it!
How can I spread His Word? I am trying to wait on the Lord but I felt like it was being shut up inside of me. I felt like there was a lion ready to roar and his mouth was being held shut. Just as Jeremiah cries out, it is a fire burning in my bones. I can no longer hold it in.
God’s love is so awesome and so overwhelming that if I held it in any longer, I thought I may just burn up. There is a lot of pressure to keep your thoughts and opinions to yourself, especially if they are not what everyone may want to hear. But just as Jeremiah proclaimed, I have too, I can’t do it!
So I said to God, what will you have me do? What is your plan for me? Take me there. You lead and I will follow. My first outlet has been my blog. There has been just over 1300 page views in three months. I thank you for that and for sharing these words with your friends. But those numbers are entirely the work of a powerful Lord. When I started I wasn't of Facebook or Twitter, and had zero email contacts. I said it had to be in His power and connections because my were apparently very little.
When I first started writing my blog page, I wanted to check it all the time. I wanted to check it a couple of times a day. That was pretty difficult considering I don’t have the internet. I found myself wondering if it was working or it was being successful. Not for my own sake but for the sake of spreading the Good News. As if God needed my help, I kept right on top of it.
After about a week of this repeated checking, I remembered, Psalm 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God! After all, I felt like I was writing to serve God, but was I trusting Him to make a way and make a path for His word to be delivered.
Then I had to step back and remind myself that I had told God I was going to follow Him, I was going to let Him lead me. I decided to only check my sites when I was posting something new. Until then, I would be still, and let God do His work because His word will not return void.
This is hard to do and say. We find security in trying to control our situations and our outcomes. We want it all done, done right and done now. The only way to get that done is to do it ourselves, right? No. Sounds easy and sounds difficult.
We can rest assure that He knows the plans He has for us. He knows if this is the path He wants us to take. He knows what He wants to do with us. We just have to trust His plans and if we allow Him to take the lead, we have to let Him make a way.
God’s plans for me are not all unknown to me. We have His Word, His directions for living. We are to love and serve Him with all of our heart, all of our soul, and with our entire mind. We are to go and make disciples. We were put here now, at this time, to serve Him and His purposes. All of those words are action words. We are to take action and do His good works.
We have two contrary thoughts. Wait and take action. The balance is a hard thing to find. So ask yourselves? Do you trust in the Lord to do His will, and while you are waiting, what are you doing to work and serve His purposes?
As you think about those questions this week, pray, and make yourself notes. How will you serve Him? Make an action plan, even if it has one thing on it, pray over it and do it for Him in the best way you can. Then, write down the things in your life where you are going to be still and let HIM be your God.
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