(I wrote this article before reading Pastor Dale’s sermon that I missed while I was away. His sermon that day was “When My Will Is Not God’s Will.” II Samuel 7:12-21. It always amazes me how often God gives similar topics to Pastor Dale and to me. “Ask and ye shall receive” right? His sermon that morning spoke about how we often struggle when God’s will doesn’t align with ours. He says it’s not always easy to discern God’s will, but we can gain insight by spending time in prayer.) The article that follows speaks of following God’s will even though it’s not the same as ours.
The water in our above ground pool is chilly in the spring and fall. When my grandchildren want to swim on a warm September day, they are hesitant to just “jump in.” However, with a bit of encouragement and a lot of trust in me when I say, “Just jump in; it’s really not too bad when you get all wet quickly,” they jump in. The important word here is “TRUST.”
I am happy they trust me, but this scenario reminds me of a question, “Do we trust God when He asks us to “jump in?” If we want to experience what He has planned for us, we have to “jump in.” I know thoughts of fear and “what if” have clouded my confidence and courage at times. I often wonder if I’m really hearing God’s voice, or if it’s just me trying to plan and take charge. I can imagine the conversation I would have.
God: Cheryl, I’d like you to take a new job….a different job and a move to another campus.
Me: But I like what I’m doing. I’m comfortable and don’t want to move.
God: But it’ll only be for a year, and then you’ll go back to teaching. Do you trust me?
Me: Of course I do! But, I don’t know a thing about that job.
God: Again, I ask- do you trust me? If you do, you know I’ll be with you.
Me: I know but it’s out of my comfort zone. However, I do trust you.
God: Then will you take the new job and change schools?
Me: I do trust you, Lord. I’ll do it!
Of course the conversation would have taken much longer, but you get the picture I’m sure. The above scenario is a brief synopsis of something that actually happened to me while I was teaching. The job ended up being three years instead of one, but I got leadership experience. Little did I know that I was going to be asked to come back to the school I loved to be Head of the school. God’s will took me away from my school for three years to get the leadership experience I needed. When God first spoke to me, I questioned the request to change jobs and schools thinking I knew what I wanted to do, but God had something else in mind. I just “jumped in” and one job led to another, and I truly felt like I was in the middle of God’s will.
He had a plan for me, I just didn’t know it. What a wonderful God we serve! He loves us and is with us always. All we need to do is have faith that He will be with us. Let’s trust Him and “jump in” when He calls.
1 Corinthians 2:9:
However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him.”