I love how God speaks. How He beautifully pulls together lose ends in my life at His perfect time.
Lately I have had 2 things consistently on my mind:
1. My future and what the next chapter will look like &
2. How to better my quiet time with the Lord.
It seems as if I never stop dreaming about what could be next in my life. Will I be in Nashville? Charleston? Another country?…. Will I be doing my same work? Different work? Non-profit? I sit and dream my present away until I imagine if tomorrow were the day for me to leave. How would I truly respond then? I hate to admit, but fear normally creeps in mind first.
The Bible tells us, where God exists – fear doesn’t. That is simply it. God and fear don’t mix. I knew the reason I instantly feared was because one question popped in mind, “Do I really know this is what I wish to do? Is this what God wants for me?” I know I want many things out of life, but are my plans what the Lord has desired for me?
A few days ago I told myself to stop dreaming about the future. To live thankfully in each day and to find the joy in every hour given. The Lord reveals His plans in His timing and fretting about it wasn’t going to allow me to know them any sooner. However, if I were to seek the Lord for each individual day and not worry about what’s next, then day-by-day He would lead me to where I need to be. If I give Him control of all of my plans, then there is no reason to fear. The Lord will lead, and I will follow.
Last night before doing my quiet time, I got distracted by Pinterest. Typical… However I am very thankful I did because I found a message from Jesus.
It instantly caught my attention. With no thought out plan for quiet time, Acts is where I flipped. And this is where the Lord tied together my lose ends of an unknown future with a sweet-to-the-soul quiet time.
Acts 17: 24-28: “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
He gives us everything.
He determines our time.
He knows the exact places we will live.
He puts us in situations so that we may find Him.
He is the reason we live and move and have our being.
That is all I need to know. The Lord knows me. He knows my plans. He has a great purpose for me. He is the reason I live, and in return I will strive daily to live for him. I will mess up daily, but thankfully our Great Savior has favor that will last a lifetime. So I will keep on striving till I see His face one day.