Lately I've had it on my heart to write....God has said that to me since before On Fire even started. I don't think of myself as a writer, but I do enjoy putting a pencil to paper. I am a list maker, a note taker and it is definitely the way I learn. Although I consider writing On Fire Faith emails "writing" I have a sense that God has more to do. I have been working through Breaking Free, Beth Moore's study, and today was reading that familiar verse again:
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the LORD. Isaiah 55:8
I find so much comfort in that verse. Knowing that God has so much more knowledge and ability than me is simply the most easy thing to rest in. Here is the part, though, that is vitally necessary. I must be willing to slow down to listen. I must be willing to check with Him daily, all day, to see if I'm staying plugged into His plan. I am such a doer and want to take the instructions and just go "do" that sometimes I forget that it is the PROCESS that He might be after, not the RESULT.
We had talked about that in our Jonah small group one day. Sometimes we might feel like God gives us an idea or a vision of what He wants to do in our lives or the direction He is taking us. What if that idea or vision seems like it's not coming true? Does that mean we got it wrong? Did we hear wrong? Was that just our own idea? I learn more and more each day that trusting that God knows the overall picture is the key to it all. If He put something in my heart and it doesn't go the way I thought it would, I need to trust. Perhaps He had the process in mind and needed to work something in me or out of me. Perhaps He is still taking me toward the vision, but it's not the route I thought it would be. What do I do? Trust.
As long as we humble ourselves before Him we can be assured that He can and will do His purpose through us!!!
Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. James 4:10
I pray that we will feel that great sense of assurance that God's ways are always so much more than we can comprehend, that we can trust and just take the journey step by step with Him!