Tuesday, April 19, 2011

What do you do when it's not?

There are a lot of sermons and books filled with stories of those who have stepped out in faith to do something that God has called them to do. Stories of dreams that He had put in their hearts with a desire and motivation that drove them to look fear in the face and overcome. They witness the miraculous...and their faith is strengthened! They knew what their "calling" in life was and they awaited the promise! Praise God for those stories!!!

But what do you do when God calls you out?  Out of where you are comfortable and productive? Out of where you are being used and you know you found your niche? Out of a place that you were passionate about? Out of the place you KNOW He had called you to? When you don't know why, or where you are going? Do you trust when your season is over?

What if He starts to open up doors to opportunities to grow and to serve Him elsewhere? What if He is calling you out because this was only a part of your story? Never meant to be the end all!  What if what He asks you to do, well... they aren't your dreams?

My dreams!!?? 

Do I even know what that is? Aren't I the girl who didn't have dreams growing up? Believing that I wasn't worthy or good enough to rise above and choose a different path.


However, one of the "perks" of coming to Christ was learning that God had a PURPOSE for my life.

He promised! 

Jeremiah 29:11
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

So...will I trust Him? Trust Him that He will bring all of the pieces of my life together and work them out for good? Trust that where He has taken me will serve as a foundation to wherever He is taking me to next? Trust Him to equip me with the skills, and the wisdom to accomplish what He is calling me to do? I know I can! He has proven Himself trustworthy in the past!!


Always the but! The doubts creep in! The LIES bombard the already fragile and vulnerable heart...

"There are many others out there who 
are much better at this than you are! 
You should leave it up to them! "

"Who are you? You aren't good enough to do this!"

"This wasn't your "dream", so that must mean you can't do it." 

BUT.... (the other but...)

What if it could be? What if I heard exactly right and I am moving into a new place where God wants me despite what I feel or want? What if the joy will be multiplied? What if I have only begun to unwrap the gift that the Lord has planted in me? What if I trust the Lord enough to follow Him even when He will not show me where I am going? What if I hand over whatever plans I had for my own life, (even if those plans are no plans!) and trust that God knows best?

Am I ready for Him to accomplish something great in my life? Maybe, something great through me??
When all of the things on the surface do not make sense, will I follow blindly and trust like a child??

I don't have the answers. I don't know where I am going, or why! All I do know, is that the Lord has been so faithful to me in the past. I don't have a choice but to trust Him! This is a new chapter for me and I will stay focused on Him as I learn to live out this truth!

Proverbs 3:5-6 Lean on, trust in, and be confident in the Lord with all your heart and mind and do not rely on your own insight or understanding.

    In all your ways know, recognize, and acknowledge Him, and He will direct and make straight and plain your paths.  


  1. right on girl...thanks for the encouragement.

  2. Oh how amazing to SEE the hand of God working as only He can...to take you places you have never been, to live out dreams you never dreamt, to do things you have never done or thought about doing, to be more than you ever thought you could be and so much more....

    1 Corinthians 2:9 (Amplified Bible)
    "But, on the contrary, as the Scripture says, What eye has not seen and ear has not heard and has not entered into the heart of man, [all that] God has prepared (made and keeps ready) for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, promptly obeying Him and gratefully recognizing the benefits He has bestowed]"

    No matter where we are in our journey with Him or what our cirucumstances look like...I am reminded that I must trust Him...Proverbs 3:5-6 for He alone knows the plans He has for us...Jeremiah 29:11

    What a beautiful word of encouragement during this time as we remember and reflect on the One who paid it all BECAUSE OF LOVE to GIVE US VICTORY AND ETERNAL LIFE....