My how things can change in 12 months. Approximately one year ago, I presented to an audience of widows on topics of grief, hope, organization, time-management, and how to find the will to want to move forward with anything. I wrapped up the talk by issuing a challenge to these women … women who had suffered loss that left them lacking motivation to move forward with a variety of tasks. The challenge was to step ahead with theses tasks under their present circumstances in order to show God they trusted him and the plans he had for them. He will show us unbelievable things in our lives when we show him we are staying on the narrow path even in the most difficult times. His plans may include a move, a new job, going back to school, becoming a grandparent, a new love … dare to dream.
Many people get pulled into daily chaos by putting off decision-making that will simplify their lives. Eventually feelings of frustration, depression, anger, and a whole host of unhealthy thoughts make themselves at home. I do realize varying circumstances can make the simplest decisions quite challenging, but is anything worth having really all that easy?
Little did I realize when I issued this challenge what God had in store for me. Before the end of 2011, I found myself married to an incredible blessing of a man. Let me just tell you that I had plans to remain a widow, plans to hit the mission trail a bit harder, plans to grow my business, to travel, and so on and so forth. As I’ve said before, just when you think you know the plans God has for you, sometimes he surprises you. He wanted me to have a partner as I, I mean we, carry out his plans.
As I reflect back, there were days over the prior three years when I wanted to step off the straight and narrow path. And, there were days when I did step off the path. In hindsight, I am very thankful that I didn’t leave the path often and I didn’t stay off it long. I have discovered over time that when I surrender certain things and take my eyes off myself, I begin to experience the most joyful times of my life.
Get your house in order now – be prepared, waiting with great expectation regardless of your circumstances. Start small but start now, and remember that obedience unlocks God’s power.
You can do it,