I am always fascinated when I run into an old friend and we catch up. Sometimes it isn’t anything profound. But other times it seems as if nothing at all has changed. You talk as if you hadn’t been apart, and as if you both knew the trajectory of the others’ life. You always believed they’d be who they are today, regardless of the logistics of that current reality.
It’s empowering to consider how the Lord knows us in a similar way. David wrote that, in every way, the Lord is familiar with us. He created plans for us before we were even born. He also articulates how we cannot flee from His Spirit—we cannot stray from His outstretched arms. I believe we tend to have a misconception that we can easily derail the plan God has for our life by making the “wrong” decisions. I am sure you’ve heard a similar story and sentiment in your circles, but the common phrase is something to the effect of, “I am not sure what God’s plan for my life is.” Sure—we should view our decisions in life with a spiritual lens, we should aim to make wise decisions with our faith as a key contribution, there’s no doubt about that. I think a way that we are distracted from the true mission for our life is in the stagnation that those questions result in if they are crippling our walk.
I often find myself running through scenarios in a way that reveals which paths God has prepared for me that I am not acknowledging or accepting. More often than not, just by having a broad perspective, we get to the root of a potential path that might correspond with God’s will. But we usually also see that several different, good, paths were revealed before us.
We overcomplicate and oversimplify God’s will for our life all at once. The Lord knows us, knows our ways, and knows our hearts. When we progress in life in a posture of humility and concession to His Spirit and will, we see that our decisions aren’t the thing affecting God’s vision for our life, rather His vision covers our life in grace and truth, and empowers us to live a life full of meaning and purpose.
In what areas of your life have you found yourself hearing the Lord, but are second guessing if you are equipped, called, or “supposed” to move forward? Reflect on Psalms 139 and see if your view of your role in God’s plan has omitted the truth that He speaks regarding who you are to Him, and how deeply intimate He knows you.