I’m asking that question based on my previously shared experience when God explained to me that we are on His journey, and that we need to quit looking for the final result. Instead, we need to learn to embrace the journey He is taking us on that will ultimately lead us to something only He could dream of for us. So again, I ask, how’s your embrace?
If I’m being honest, it’s only about a month since He told me that, and Satan has already figured out a way to make me stumble.
When I chose journey as my word for the year, I intended for it to be a reminder to take each day as the blessing it is. In doing so, I would remember to take in even the small things and my day-to-day attitude would be better. However, circumstances around me have recently changed, and Satan got me to buy into the LIE that I could do things on my own now and that I no longer needed God’s help for this area of my life. The even worse thing about this is that he convinced me of it when there were things going on that I couldn’t control. So combine my mindset that I could now do things on my own with the fact there were things going on in my life that I couldn’t control, and it got messy. I became anxious . . . worried . . . scared.
Then the Holy Spirit showed me something.
“You’ve trusted me for months on end already, why stop now? No, the path you’re on right now wasn’t in your radar when you allowed me to take the reins of this journey you’re on, but the thing is, you’re still on MY journey. I knew this was coming. I allowed it. Quit buying into the lie that Satan has told you. You are still on the journey I have for you, and still on my timing. Not yours.”
And in that moment, I realized I was being just like Peter when he was walking on the water toward Jesus. He was fine one moment . . . and fighting for his life the next. The difference? He was fine when he kept his eyes on Christ. But the second he looked around and saw what he was doing, he didn’t understand how it was happening and tried to figure things out on his own. And ultimately, in the process, he took his eyes off Christ. Satan got Peter to believe the same lie he got me to believe.
As I continue to come back to Him, I find myself stepping from a place of distress, anxiety, and worry into a place of stillness, calmness, freedom, and peace that only He can give.
So as I challenge you, I’m challenging myself as well. Quit buying into the lie Satan is giving you. As much as you might think you can, you CAN’T do it on your own! Change your perspective and look at your problem through God, NOT God through your problem!
Keep your eyes fixed on the One who loves you so much more than words can describe. And rest in His indescribable peace.