Life’s tricky. It seems we are all on a journey looking for something… even after we commit ourlives to God we are still journeying. We want to make the most of our life. To have impact.
All too often we stress over our decisions and fret about our pathway. We feel left to our own to come up with what we are supposed to do…
What if it’s not that difficult?
What if He just wants us to walk with Him and trust Him step by step?
I’m not a fan of this plan. It feels hazy. I’d prefer a check list of things I’m supposed to do with dates associated with each task.
I want to know if I measure up…
I find myself asking what it really means to walk with God step by step.
This week I was praying for a friend and found myself feeling God’s heart toward her. She has a vision of impacting the inner city by bridging the education achievement gap for under resourced children. She isn’t on top of her game yet. She doesn’t run a school. She often feels overwhelmed. But, she hasn’t given up. She is still in the game!
As I was praying for her I felt like God was showing me His heart for her. He wants her to be what she wants to be! He planted that desire in her years ago. He is not at all disappointed with where she is in her journey. Rather the opposite. God is proud of her every step!
God is proud of our every attempt to walk with Him!
In fact there are only 2 ways we can mess this up.
Walk away from God.
Stop moving forward in faith.
My friend is still figuring out what’s next. She may not be in the right school or she may not be with the best age group for impact, but she wants so very much to do what is right. I believe He will lead her step by step.
Let’s take a quick look at a couple Biblical characters and see this played out.
Joseph had a vision to become a great leader. His pathway was certainly non-typical but he remained faithful through it all and God led him to his ultimate impact!
Esther did some crazy stuff on her way to impact and God blessed her as her heart was toward Him.
After being arrested by the Holy Spirit our man Paul had all kinds of ideas about where he should go and what he should do. Sometimes he was right. Sometimes he was redirected.
The key is in the relationship.
And the question is age old.
What is the Spirit of God asking you to do?
God doesn’t give us a checklist because if He did we would likely just focus on that and check in with Him when we were finished. Rather He wants to walk with us. To journey with us.
Sometimes I’m not exactly sure what to do next. My friend is at a crossroads. But she and I both will be successful if we don’t walk away from God and we purpose to move forward in faith learning step by step how to hear His voice.
He is pleased when our face is toward Him.
Relax, don’t give up, and enjoy the journey!
What’s your next step?