Way-FM sends out this e-mail devotional every once in a while. Today’s devotional was taken from John 14:27 which says, “I am leaving you with a gift-peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.” The commentary/devotional part of this message said this:
Are you afraid? Afraid of taking risks? Afraid of the future, of what might happen, of what won’t happen? Do you look at the world and have no idea where you belong or what you should be doing? Do you sense God leading you in a direction, but to get there feels like jumping into the deep waters of the ocean without a life jacket? You’re not alone.
Everyone has felt that way, or will feel that way, at some point in life. Taking risks is scary. The future can be scary because you don’t know what lies ahead. Feeling like you don’t fit in is scary. Following God can be scary, because sometimes he asks you to do something that you don’t understand or feel ready for. But you’re not alone.
God is with you. The ultimate provider is with you. He provides peace and wisdom, guidance, understanding. He will direct your path and give you everything that you need to go on the journey.
The cool thing about getting this devotional this morning was that I woke up thinking, “What am I going to do if one day I wake up and Africa is not on my mind and heart? What would be next?”
The awesome thing is that God has it all planned out for me. I don’t have to worry about what is next. God has plans for me and as long as I’m seeking Him first and foremost, I can’t mess those plans up. (Ha, and as I am typing this Chris Tomlin’s song Love comes on. The Watoto Children’s choir also sings this song with him. God’s funny. 🙂
I realized yesterday I’ve been inching towards God. I feel like I’m hesitantly walking blindly, but not trusting God enough to take big girl steps. It’s time to start taking strides and being certain of God’s faithfulness to preserve me (psalm 40). If I slip, I know He has me in the palms of His hands. I can never fall in a place that God cannot reach. Psalm 31:3&5 says,
For You are my rock and my fortress; and for your name’s sake You lead me and guide me.. into your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.
He leads me and guides me not for my glory but for His. He leads me and guides me for His will to be done, not mine. I want this to be what I walk and live by. I’m ready to be stretched and grown. I’m ready to be asked to do things I know I am unable to do apart from God. I want to live a life that’s fully dependent on Him knowing He is who He says He is!