“A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life], But the Lord directs his steps and establishes them”—Proverbs 16:9 (AMP).
Since my 30-year teaching career ended in 2005, I’ve discovered this truth: We can make plans but God directs our steps. I love telling others, who are retired or nearing retirement, “You won’t find those words in the Bible. Retirement is a manmade concept.”
My post-career plans included expanding my professional photography business and writing news stories for area publications. The first one was not part of God’s plans for my life. At the time, I lived in a small lake community. Who wouldn’t want to spend their autumn and winter years near the lake?
But God had a better plan for me. Nine months after He planted the seed, I obeyed, and He directed my steps to a community with a larger population.
Letting God Direct Our Steps
When we let God direct our steps, you never know where it will lead. Look at the disciples. I’m sure their plans didn’t include dropping their fishing nets or leaving other jobs behind to follow Jesus. Never in their wildest imaginations did their plans include dying for their Lord and Savior. Yet, they did.
Is it easy to surrender our carefully planned life to obey Him? American pastor and author A.W. Tozer once said, “If I am to wholly follow the Lord Jesus Christ, I must forsake everything that is contrary to Him. The road that leads to heaven is risky, lonely, and costly in this world, and few are willing to pay the price. … Instead of living only for ourselves, we have a higher goal: to live for Jesus.”
Surrendering to God’s plans may mean losing friends. I have. But God has also placed amazing Christian women and men in my path. Letting Him direct my steps has led to five moves in 20 years. But, during those moves, I’ve learned to let go.
Learning to Let Go
Learning to let go is not easy. First, it means giving up your desire to be in control of your life. In the beginning, I struggled with this. What part did I really control? Would I let God have the final word? Yes, God gives us free will; however, when you fully surrender to His leading, you want to obey Him.
During my moves from one house to another, I’ve also learned to let go of material things. I’ve given away things I might have kept in the past. For example, items belonging to my parents or grandparents. I treasure their memories instead and I have fewer things to dust.
Learning to let go means you’ll go places you never dreamed of going. As my pastor said in a recent sermon, “When you’re with Jesus, you’re going to go places.”
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SOURCE: Assist News Service