Refuse to allow disappointment to develop as a result of things not working out the way you had imagined they would. God often takes you by a path that you have not known in order to get you to see something that you would not have seen.
One of the greatest lessons I have learned about following God is that He rarely handles things in the same way I do.
There are many times I have prayed for a need and waited for Him to send the answer to my prayer. As I was waiting I imagined different scenarios of how He would answer. I don’t think it happened the way I imagined a single time, and finally I just gave up trying to figure it out. I realized that my mind is very limited compared to the mind of the God of the universe.
He can see the whole picture of how everything fits together, and knows exactly where I need to be and what I need to be doing at any given time to further His work here on earth.
Sometimes God has led me down a totally different path than I intended. At one point I was terribly disappointed when God told me to do a certain thing, because it felt like taking a huge step backward in my spiritual life.
I fought making the right decision for a short time, but realized that if I did not following His leading I would be in open rebellion of His Will for my life. I was certain of what He had told me to do, and decided that it was a very bad idea to purposely decide to do my own thing instead of following God.
He knows much better than I what lies ahead and how best to take advantage of my strengths and weaknesses. After some time I was able to look back and get a better understanding of what God had in mind when He started me on a different path than the one I had chosen.
After only a few months it would have been easy to let disappointment and discouragement take over and decide that the whole endeavor was pointless; I was in the middle of the process and could not see the end nor how my doing this new thing was making any real difference at all.
The middle of an adventure with God is always a hard place to be because you can’t see where you began and it is too soon to see the end of your destination.
If you get stuck in discouragement in the middle of your journey, you will miss God doing something great and you will not be able to see the value of the journey or understand the deeper purpose.
After some months, I discovered that the place God had led me was one I would have never thought of going on my own. It turned out to be much better than my own plans had been and I was totally amazed at how God had worked things out from the beginning even though I felt I was taking a huge step backwards.
I might have taken one step back for a short time, but I ended up being in a place where God could use me in a much greater way for His Kingdom than ever before.
Where will the next road lead? I haven’t a clue, but I know for sure life won’t be boring and pointless as I travel down it.
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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