The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps. – Proverbs 16:9
Letting Go and Leaning In
God promised in the Bible that we would run into problems. He told us that if we chose a life for Him, people would be against us. If we did what He asked, we would be persecuted. He didn’t promise it would be easy; He just promised he would walk us through it. But our faith grows in discomfort. When we are standing on the sidelines comfortably going about our lives, we might believe in the power of God, but our faith is just as comfortable as our lives are. It isn’t being challenged and tested and it isn’t growing because it doesn’t need to. When life gets uncomfortable, we lean into God, and our faith grows. For this reason, when we pray “anything,” we need to be ready to take risks, leave comfort behind in big and small ways, and lean into our own faith and into God.
God is Present in the Problem
I love how Jennie talks about how she used to feel like if something wasn’t coming easily, God must not be in it. If it is really a calling from God, it should be easy, everything should fall into place, and it should feel God-ordained. Like divine intervention, right? Sure, those things happen in life sometimes, but just because we encounter obstacles does not mean that God is not there. God is present in the problem just like in the calm and comfort. Sometimes we are called to things that are not easy because God wants us to need Him. He wants us to let go (take the risk) and then lean in (have faith in Him).
Connecting the Threads
We can’t see the entire picture that God is painting for us. My mom told me an analogy today that her mom used to tell her about a tapestry. God is weaving the tapestry in the front and all we can see are the tangled strings in the back. We can’t see what God is creating with each string He threads. Oftentimes in my own life when I look back I realize that things that I thought were uncomfortable or difficult often had to happen to lead me to something great, and that was because God knew each and every step on the journey. He knew what the ultimate goal was, and I did not. We have to trust that God is directing our steps and that even when the steps are difficult and the road seems long, He is bringing us to a place of comfort and rest in Him.
Trust the Process
So as we move forward onto Day 4, I am praying that I will be able to trust the process. That I will be able to walk with faith through the discomfort and obstacles because I know that God is weaving a beautiful tapestry of my life even when I can not see it. Every thread is going to connect in perfect harmony if I surrender my own plans for my life and lean fully into His plan, and ultimately I will find my God-given purpose through letting go and leaning in.