When I was 19, I moved into my first apartment alone. I happily looked ahead to the freedom I would enjoy. What I had not realized was all the work that came with it. For starters, I was now totally responsible for my laundry and for feeding myself. After months of sandwiches and restaurants, I realized I had to start cooking.
It was hit or miss; mostly miss if I’m honest with you. Sometimes I’d give it my all, sweat of my brow, it looked fantastically tasty. And then I’d take a bite. And gosh, a sandwich it would be. Today I can cook well enough to keep my family happy, but it did not happen overnight.
Looks Can Be Deceiving
Sometimes in life, things look really good, but just like my early cooking, they turn out to be quite disappointing. Have you ever bitten in an opportunity to find out it was nothing like it promised to be? You know that thing you desired deeply and it turned out to poison your life. Just like laying eyes on half of a wiggly worm after taking a generous bite in a mouth-watering shiny apple.
We are not always the best judge of what is beneficial for us. Can we remember that the next time we pray and God doesn’t grant us what we want? It can be about a job, a relationship, some material possession, a career, a calling…
Did you know that I once tried to convince myself that my ministry had to do with singing? By the sweet grace of God, stage fright got the best of me and it seemed like I could never utter a note in public. I held on to that dream for years until I realized that it’s simply not for me. Just like everyone else, I can produce sounds with my mouth, but I’m just not a good singer. That is not my gift.
Now that I know and walk into what God has truly called me to be, a writer and minister, I fear no microphone, I fear no audience, I fear God and God alone!
What About You?
Can you pinpoint something in your life that you know is not for you? I’m not talking about the thing God has called you to, but you are simply getting discouraged by in the process. I am talking about that “dream” that makes you sweat just thinking about it. It gives you nightmares, and no peace comes from it. Could God’s best be awaiting you if you let go of that? In Scripture, we read: “The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it.” Proverbs 10:22, NIV. Basically, one’s hard work could never achieve what God only can do.
If that’s your case, don’t fear what others will say. They don’t have to understand. It’s okay to simply let them know you made a mistake. It won’t take away anything from God, it will only show you are human.
Hope for Today
Here is a promise to hold on to:
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17, NIV. What God has in store for you is good my brother, my sister.
Find comfort in this:
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed; for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:22–23.
Every single day, He’s got your best interest at hand. That may cost you and even hurt. But He loves you and He is faithful. He is with you, and it will always be worth it!