Have you ever felt like you were searching to find your place in this world? I have. Often. I believe many people have a desire to know where they belong, and what their purpose is in this life. Most people want to know that their life has meaning. I believe the Lord puts a desire inside of us not only to know Him, but also a desire to be able to walk in the path that He has chosen for us.
Some of you reading this may not even believe in God. Far less believe my opinion or my thoughts. That’s OK. Nevertheless, I still believe it to be true. Sometimes we don’t even have a clue as to what we are searching for. Maybe we just feel like something is missing. It could be that walking in God’s plan may be the very thing we are looking for.
Have you ever felt a longing for something other than the way things are now? Or had a feeling that you know there is more you want to do, or to be but you don’t even know yet what it is? I believe that only God’s plan can satisfy these kind of desires. He created us, He knows us. He knows that it is His plan for our lives that will satisfy us.
We may know the Lord, and maybe we’ve even walked with Him for many years.Yet we can still have this longing. That’s normal. Seasons change. So do we. Sometimes we may feel this way because we know we are supposed to be doing something different but we make a conscious choice not to do it. Other times it may be that the Lord is preparing us for a new season. Seasons do change, and what we were doing last year may not be what we should be doing this year.
Each and every one of us was created by God for a specific purpose. Ephesians 2:10 tells us “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.
We can be creatures of habit. And we do tend to like our comfort zones. Many of us don’t like change. Or, when we think of change the thing we focus on is what we would be losing, or leaving behind, instead of focusing on what the Lord has ahead for us. I think that sometimes God puts these longings in our hearts, or circumstances in our paths just to prod us into seeing the things He has for us, or for us to do, if we would only open our eyes and take a step.
There may be times when we feel ready for change but we just don’t sense any direction from the Lord yet on which way to go, or what we should do. That can be challenging. We may rush to do something we think might be the right thing just so we can be doing SOMETHING! That can be dangerous. Waiting to hear the Lord can sometimes be hard but jumping into something that is not part of His plan will end up being a lot harder.
When we jump into plans of our own making it can take weeks, months or even years to untangle ourselves from what we got ourselves into. That effectively makes our wait even longer to be in God’s perfect plan for our lives. When we are doing something we aren’t supposed to be doing we can’t expect God to bless our plans or reward us in that situation. It doesn’t mean God doesn’t love us or will stop caring for us, He will just patiently wait until we are ready to get back to His plan.
When we are longing to know what to do next and we seem to not hear from the Lord it’s not that He’s hiding things from us. Often its just that He’s waiting for the correct timing to show us what’s next. He may be going ahead of us to prepare things for our next step. Many times He may be perfecting some aspect of our character that needs work before we can move forward. We need to trust Him that in the right time the next step will be revealed.
An oft quoted scripture, (and one of my favorites) is Isaiah 40:31. “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
It paints such an awesome picture. In and of ourselves we can look at waiting as frustrating. We feel as though we are not doing anything to move forward. When we look at this scripture we can see it’s just the opposite. When we are waiting on the Lord we will have the renewed strength to carry on and do what we’re supposed to do.
So I guess the question is, will we trust God enough to believe that He has the perfect plan for our life? And will we trust Him enough to wait for Him to reveal it to us in His time? It’s up to us. We can trust God, or we can rush forward like a bull in a china shop, doing our own thing and hoping it will work.
I think I’ll trust God. What about you?