As we approach the dawn of a new year, and start filling our minds with unrealistic resolutions that will likely never come to fruition in 2018, may we be reminded of all God has done in our lives. As believers, it’s a healthy reminder to look back and acknowledge all that God has done for us in the past year. As, Christ-followers we ought to rejoice that his plans for us are always far bigger than our own:
“My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts,” says the Lord. And my ways are far beyond anything you could imagine.
For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
Just over a year ago, Monica and I reached a point of confusion for the future of our family. We knew God was leading us into a different area of ministry. But we were clinging to our own plan for our future and tried to do everything we could to make it work. We had thought it through, prayed it through, yet at every turn and push, we discovered we were simply trying to fit a square peg through a round hole. The more we tried to manipulate our own situation, the more frustrated we became. Quite simply, our way wasn’t working.
It’s easy to say, but it’s difficult, at times, to come to God in complete surrender and it’s in these moments, we’ve seen God most clearly. When life seems craziest, it can become difficult to trust God and more convenient to depend on our own understanding. We often prefer to seek our own will and try and blaze our own trail. We were kindly reminded in scripture God has something to say about this:
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.”
Thirteen months ago, life was good. We were comfortable. We had plans: big plans, good plans. But God got in our way and made a way, 600 miles to the (wild) west actually. As we reflect back on what has been a crazy year, we learned a valuable lesson; sometimes we must give up good things for great things, good situations for better situations.
What plans in your own life do you need to give to God? Are you willing to trust the creator and sustainer of the universe for your future? It won’t always be easy, but it’s worth it.
From all of us at FCC, Happy New Year!