There’s an interesting thing that happens when you decide to loosen your grip on your life. When you release the hold on your carefully crafted plans and allow someone much more capable to determine your next steps. No, your world does not come clattering down the second you let go.
Luke 17:33 (NLT) says, “If you cling to your life, you will lose it, and if you let your life go, you will save it.”
For a long time, I couldn’t even begin to grasp what this could look like in my own life. I had my plans and my future set, nailed down, and written down in stone. But our best laid plans are no match for the things that God has in store for us once when we step back and allow him the opportunity to really move.
Since graduating from college in 2013, I have gone from writing pop culture articles to sharing my heart and my story for the glory and honor of our King. I have gone from envisioning a future in social media marketing to hope in a life and career that serves the least and the lost of this world; our children. I have watched loved ones grow ill and I have said goodbye to six irreplaceable people. I may have been far from God at the start of this journey, but He was never far from me.
It’s nearly three years since the beginning of what has been the most transformative season of my life, thus far. It’s difficult to adequately relay to you just how much God has moved and shaped me during this time. Sure, I still have a slight addiction to my planner and I love to daydream about what the future may hold. But no longer do I give myself a say in what my future may bring. Lately,my prayers have regularly consisted of the following words; Lord, help me to discern what comes from you and what doesn’t. If it doesn’t come from you, than I don’t want this. The passion and conviction I feel when I pray these words sometimes leaves me breathless. To love and live with abandon while trusting in God’s will and plan is a beautiful thing.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” // Psalm 119:105 (NIV)