Proverbs 3:5-6 was written for me. See I have this small problem, I am a planner and a person who has to understand why something is happening. Before I do anything I will ask a million questions and play a zillion scenerios in my head before. This personality tends to give me some trouble when God speaks. I hate to admit it but when the Lord speaks, at times, I am still that believer whose response is more along the lines of “really God, is this what you really want”? Translation, God this is not what I want. I am working on one day having a response closer to “Yes, Lord I trust you”. No questions, no doubt no second thought. Instead this planner, thinker, me of little faith has the nerves to question His plans for me, as if I could come up with something better. My God understands me so well he sent me Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. NIV
Oh, how this verse has helped me. Whenever my mind begins to race, sticky notes start to pile up and the lists get longer and longer. I recite this bible verse. I recite it over and over and over and it is what has helped me get through 3 moves, 3 cities, 2 states, 3 jobs, 2 kids a husband who usually moves before we do. I find myself not leaning but standing on this verse Proverbs will get me through the new plans he has for us this year.
How do I know it is God’s plan, because the places he has taken us and is taking us would’ve never been on my “to live list”. In Goodbye Summer I wrote that I felt as if this year was going to be the year of change. Boy was I right. As I type my husband is living in Baton Rouge, LA where the girls and I hope to move to in June. I asked for guidance and he answered loudly. Would we have chosen Baton Rouge? Absolutely NOT, but nevertheless we will be on our way. He provided and we are thankful. His plans also seems to have one very unexpected surprise for us, one made with love. Still waiting for the lines to line up on that one.
So, now the “to dos” are growing the list is longer my mind is racing and there is not a single box packed in my house. In fact I’ve added pictures to the walls! It’s quiet obvious that now instead of questioning his plans for me I’m procrastinating on his directive to move! So, instead of sending me a push he sent me another verse specific for me.
For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. NIV
My response, “yes, Lord I trust you. Now, is there anyway you can send me some movers to pack these boxes”. Hey, I’m trying I’m half way there. If you haven’t noticed I’ll be the only person in heaven with a timeout corner. I don’t think He ever intended for this life to be easy. If it were we wouldn’t have a reason to listen and obey him. That’s what I’m working on listening and obeying and believing that His plans are to set my paths straight.
I would love to hear what do you do to help you faithfully follow His plans?