Jesus, Take the Wheel
My mind moves at hyper speed 99% of the time. I'm always planning for what is to come: planning for classes, planning for this blog, planning for graduation, planning for my career, planning for my future wedding (what girl doesn't?), planning for my future home, and so on.
I have plans for everything, and maybe you aren't quite to the point I'm at, but I'm sure you still plan, right? We all have dreams and ideas. Sometimes, we grow attached to them. Sometimes, we begin to identify with them and call them "ours". Then, if they're taken from us, we feel betrayed by God.
I had plans to play sports forever and ever, and then I broke my back. I lost my love for sports and my ability to be active without any pain. I felt robbed. I often wondered "what if". I didn't realize that the identity I was trying to create for myself was founded on a man-made plan and not a God-given purpose.
One more time: My dream was rooted in an identity that I was trying to create for myself. That identity was built on the foundation of a man-made plan rather than a God-given purpose.
Basically, it was the equivalent to a figment of my imagination. It was never mine to have or to become.
It helped me learn that sometimes, I need to slow down. The future will come when it's time. For now, I need to live in the present.
Obviously, I will still write the week's and month's tasks in my planner. That's not what I mean. I mean, when it's time for me to choose my classes, I will. When it's time for me to sit down and write a blog, I will. When it's time for me to graduate, I will. When it's time for me to dive into a career, I will. When it's time for me to walk down the aisle, I will. And when it's time for me to decorate my home one day, I will.
Do I know every detail and every step to those things yet? No. And that's okay. I just need to take one step- one day- at a time, and things will start to come together.
You should, too. Because the truth is this: God's not in a hurry- you are. Whatever is meant to be yours, will be. Trust God's perfect timing more than your flimsy planning.
It might not be exactly what you want to hear- it definitely wasn't when I first heard it- but it's necessary. It's important.
Your life might not look the way you're envisioning behind your dancing eyelids in your dreams, and that is OK! God has something better for you. He has what He created specifically for you.
So you aren't supposed to be overwhelmed, stressed out, anxious, angry, disappointed, etc. We shouldn't be. I wish we weren't.
Because it's going to work out. God's got us. We should feel like our futures are the safest in His capable hands and not our own!
Isaiah 40:12 NLT anyone? One of my absolute favorite verses in the Bible because it holds so much hope and reassurance.
"Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?" Isaiah 40:12 NLT
We are going to be just fine- more than just fine- as long as we lift our hands to the sky and give our lives to Him.
We each have our own special finger print to leave on this earth, and He has it all written out and planned already. All we have to do is follow Him and let Him do His work in our lives so that we can fulfill the purpose that has been sewn into our souls.
If your heart feels heavy with worry and your head dizzy with stress, then take a moment to pray. Take just one minute to admit that you are driving with a blindfold on because there's no way for you to know what is up ahead.
Do like Carrie Underwood says: Let Jesus take the wheel!