It’s been a while since I have written a blog post, but to my defense I have had a lot of life changes in the last month.
Scratch that, the last 4 months have been pretty crazy. You know what, the last FIVE years have been something in and of themselves.
I think back to when I graduated high school. What comes next? What did I want to do? Who did I want to be?
NEVER IN A MILLION YEARS DID I THINK MY LIFE WOULD BE WHERE IT’S AT.
Four days ago was my last official day in the United States Navy and it honestly still hasn’t settled in my mind that it is over. So much has happened in my life over the last five years that I don’t think it would all fit in one post. I’ve matured. Become more fit. Started doing CrossFit. Learned to shoot a bow. Learned to ride motorcycles. Learned medicine as a corpsman in the Navy. Taken college classes. Moved around the country. Paid off my first car. Gotten accepted to a private university. Moved to Phoenix. Started writing music. Started playing in the worship band. Had shoulder surgery. Honorably discharged from the Navy. And that’s just a few of the many.
I’ve always had a “plan” for what I wanted out of life. Don’t we all. We, at the very minimum, say something like this to ourselves. “This is where I am at currently, and this is where I want to get to.”
A lot of times, myself included, we want to have so much control over our lives. We want things to go the way we plan them to. That’s not unreasonable, is it? Obviously we don’t want things to turn out terrible. However, we are not the author to our story. We hear it all the time though, don’t we?
As Christians, we cannot forget that we are not the author to our own story. Yes, we make decisions and those decisions affect our lives and can send us down different paths. However, I encourage you to read Proverbs chapter 16. I won’t post the whole thing, take some time on your own to read over it.
Proverbs 16: 3,9 – (3) Commit to the Lord whatever you do,and he will establish your plans. (9) In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.
I am thankful that God has directed my life in the way that He has. I am thankful my life hasn’t gone according to plan. If it went the way I thought it should, my life would surely look completely different. There is so much we would miss, if things went according to our plan. Think back to how many experiences, situations, and circumstances were not planned yet turned out to be a blessing (in disguise). I ran across this picture on social media, as you may have too, and found it to be quite true. However, I begun to think……
How much more boring would our lives be if everything went according to “our” plan.
Plus the bottom example is so much more an adventure and adds to one’s life experiences.
The picture makes me chuckle. Now, I’m not saying that God wants us to have these hard trials in our life and that He wants to make it harder for us. However, think about this. Of the two people in the above picture, who had to rely on the Lord more?
– Who learned about perseverance?
– Who is more mature after their race?
– Who understands what it’s like to go through trials as well as be on the mountaintop?
Both people finished the race, but one had learned what it really meant to rely on the Lord – In good times and bad.
From my own experience and advice from others, may I leave you with a couple thoughts and pieces of advice.
- Let go – Let God: Quit white knuckling your life. Holding on so hard to what you have planned. Give to Him. The maker of heaven and earth.
- Eternal Focus: Set your eyes on things above. It may be a little harsh but Matt Chandler puts it in simple terms. Get your eyes off of yourself.
- His way is better: No it really is. Ask any Christian who has been walking with the Lord for a while. Proverbs Ch.16 is so true.
We may try and “plan our lives”, but the Lord establishes our steps.
What’s great about a passage like that: For the Lord to establish my steps, means he must be with me every step of the way.
May the peace and grace of Jesus be with you always. And as always, here is a video to reflect in worship of our Savior.