I often find myself wondering what in the world God is doing in my life. We don’t always have the pleasure of seeing clearly what His plans are for us – but we are called to follow them. Scripture tells us in Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.”
If you are at all like me, you have trouble obeying God because you are too busy trying to figure out His plan on your own. That verse in Proverbs is very near and dear to my heart. I have heard it many times but it became a life-changer at a time when I wasn’t hearing God because I was too busy trying to figure things out on my own.
Prior to Wade and I getting married, we had a pretty steady dating relationship. Then there was a point in our relationship when I knew what I wanted (marriage) and he still wasn’t sure about me. I felt the need to call off our relationship at that time because I didn’t want to date for fun – I wanted marriage. So we called it off for awhile and I moved on. After we had been apart awhile God had started speaking into Wade’s life, telling Wade that I was the one he was suppose to marry. Wade prayed on this and asked for confirmations, which God provided through actions and through confirmations from his spiritual mentors. I was oblivious anything was going on during this time because Wade and I were still spending this time apart. When Wade asked for a meeting with me and confessed his heart and his intentions, I was very confused. I was still a little hurt from mistakes made in our previous dating relationship and felt like our door had closed. Plus, God had not been speaking to me about Wade during the time God was speaking to Wade about me. I kept trying to figure out why God would want to put us together now and how we would ever make it work. I sought the guidance from my Aunt who is an amazing woman of God and a prayer warrior. When I called and asked to speak with her, I did not tell her what I wanted to talk to her about. My Aunt prayed every single day to the Lord prior to our meeting, asking Him what He wanted her to tell me and He specifically told her Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding.” After she told me what God had said to her I was filled with peace. Instead of figuring out what was going on, I trusted in God and what God spoke into Wade’s heart, he quickly spoke into mine. Now we are married and working together to grow God’s kingdom.
Even though this is a specific example in my life of needing to listen to God’s plans for me instead of me trying to figure out things on my own, I still have a hard time being obedient at times. Most of the time, it’s because of my own self doubt. Remember, God can use ordinary people in extraordinary ways – we just have to listen to his plans for us.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for having a perfect plan for me. Please keep asking me to do your will, so I can fulfill your amazing plans for me. Please help me to be obedient to you, Lord. I am open to what you have in store for me. Use me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Question: Has God ever asked you to do something and you were too busy trying to figure it out to listen? How did you come to the realization to just stop and trust in Him?