When I was in college, I had a grand plan of how my life would turn out. I somehow thought that if I just did things right, I would become the “ultimate woman” by the time I turned 25. I am now 27, and I am sure I am far from the “ultimate woman” I thought I would become. I don’t even know what my own qualifications entailed. Haha!
You see, I became a Christian when I was 18, and one of the things I have learned is that He is in charge. No matter how profound our dreams, plans, and aspirations are, He calls the shots. Does it get frustrating? Of course! It’s annoying when you’re not in control, right? We want things our way, according to our own terms, and timeline. But God, in His sovereignty and wisdom, knows that our brilliant ideas, regardless of how smart we are, just aren’t as good as His! Don’t get me wrong, we do have roles to play, and one major thing is obedience. However, at the end of the day, He is the author, and the finisher of whatever work He has started in us. It’s hard to yield at times, especially when we think we know better. But, the beautiful thing about it is that, He does the work! We simply need to yield and abide. He does the heart change, and the perspective change. Can we do that on our own? Of course not! Only God can do that, and He doesn’t need our help. He just wants our surrender.
I know there will be times when we look at our lives and say, “Gosh, I am nowhere near where I want to be.” But let me submit this thought to you to add to that statement: You are also nowhere near where you once were, and God has you exactly where He wants you right now. Enjoy the “now”, as much as you look forward to reaching where you’re headed. There’s so much treasure right in front of you! When it gets challenging, trust the One Who is in charge of the work. Obey. Yield. Take a chill pill.
“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” ~ Philippians 1:6