Last week I talked about how to live if you feel shipwrecked. Today I want to expand on one of the things I learned from Paul. He knew God’s plan for his life and didn’t accept anything contrary to it. So many times I know MY plan for my life but I forget that I am supposed to seek to find out God’s plan for my life.
I am a type A person. I want to have all my ducks in a row, color coordinated with my ultra-fine Sharpies and arranged from shortest to tallest. I like to know the exact order of steps so that I can figure out what needs to be done before the next step occurs. Let’s just say I am not a very good “fly by the set of my pants” type of girl!
Now my husband will say that these are good characteristics because we get a lot done and most of the time in a fairly good, efficient way. The challenging side to this character trait is because I like everything figured out and put together, I am not always patient to wait on God to make the step clear. If it is taking too long, I figure it out myself. I am trying my hardest to learn to be patient and wait until His timing. I am in the process of training my mind to trust that waiting doesn’t mean I am being lazy or inefficient but that I am actually saving myself time and headaches by doing it right the first time.
As I am trying to train my mind to seek God first and know exactly what HIS plan is for my life, He gave me this great analogy. When we take control and start figuring out how we think we should live we are placing our life on a 2-lane highway. Now ,two-lanes aren’t bad, but they do have limitations. Typically these are not the most direct route from place to place. They are typically more in the country with less access to necessities like food, water and bathrooms. There are fewer opportunities to turn around if you went the wrong way. There are often times when you are unable to pass a car in front of you because of oncoming traffic or a bend in the road. If you come up on a tractor or slow moving vehicle, you are stuck going much slower than you would like until they turn off the road. If there is construction on the road and it is down to one lane, you will have to stop and wait until the oncoming cars pass and the road is clear. God showed me that this is what life would be like if we constantly try to take control and do things our own way. He can still get us to our destination but it will take longer and be slower. There will be bumps in the road, but because He is not in the driver’s seat we will have to wait until the road clears until we can pass.
Then He showed me that if we allow God to be in the driver’s seat He can take us on a 6-lane highway. It might be scary at first to see all those lanes and all the vehicles that can fit on it, but He knows the way. If there is obstacle in the road – someone slowing us down or a pothole – He can easily move us into another lane and keep us from harm and pain. There are many options for exiting for food, shelter and supplies. Six lane roads typically get you places faster and more efficiently. They also lead to a lot more destinations. It can be scary to be on such a big road with so many options, some that you have never dreamed of before. But this is where trust and faith come in. You have to believe that God wants only good for you. That He has a plan and a purpose that is only to bring you good, not harm. One of our Pastors read this verse to us in church and it is so encouraging:
Ephesians 3:14-20 (NLT) When I think of all this, I fall to my knees and pray to the Father, the Creator of everything in heaven and on earth. I pray that from his glorious unlimited resources he will empower you with inner strength through his Spirit. Then Christ will make his home in your hearts as you trust in him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God. Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more that we might ask or think.
God has amazing plans for you…far better than any dream you could imagine!! So don’t limit Him! Let Him show it to you. Let Him drive you down the most wonderful highway. Seek Him and He will show you which destination He is taking you to.
***Just to be clear, the analogy isn’t perfect! 2 lanes aren’t necessarily bad and sometimes you will find yourself on them. The point is that if God is in your driver’s seat, He knows the best route. Trust Him!