As a wife, mom, and even as a leader I have been a visionary for my marriage, family, and ministry. I have sat for hours before the Lord writing and dreaming of what could be. I would write the vision and make it plain before the Lord, seeing the final master piece.
Leaving my quiet time with a plan that I was determined to follow in order to get the results I saw in prayer; yet quickly finding that it was not at all what I planned or visioned.
A plan filled with vision and details of how life would play out to create the perfect ending, except life never goes as planned. Striving and anxiety fills my spirit.
So many times I would feel defeated.
I was unaware that this was a process that the Lord wanted to take me through. The Lord was calling to me to a place of rest, to trust Him in the process. To trust He is working it all out for my good. Fitting all the pieces together behind the scenes.
I used to think the process from beginning to end was unnecessary, and without realizing it I was missing the most important element.
The process shapes and molds the very you God needs to sustain the dream long term.
Without the process God will never let the dream come to full fruition because your very character will not handle the weight and responsibility.
The fact is the process prepares us. Process builds integrity. Process builds endurance. The process is vital!
My flesh wants to skip the process, avoiding the pain and disappointment that it brings.
For me, the process seems so grueling and causes me to strive. Often times in prayer I would picture myself plowing a path through a forest, chopping trees as I go. After all I was pioneer, going places no one else has gone. I would become exhausted from my efforts.
This suggests that I was doing all the work…striving to accomplish the dream God gave me.
Until one day hope arose through a vision I had during prayer.
I was walking a path but instead of my efforts clearing the path, it was already plowed. I envisioned a snowy path with giant foot prints in the snow. All I had to do was step in them. So simple and effortless. He has gone before me. All I have to do is step into His footprints.
My role is to trust His leading and guiding.
Thank you, Jesus, for paving the path ahead of me.
The path has already been plowed for us. All we have to do is abide in Him. Be engulfed in His love knowing all is being provided for you.
“Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths.” Psalm 25:4
Because of what Jesus did on the cross we can trust that all of His goodness and love will lead us on the right path.
He knows the beginning from the end. Before the foundation of the world He wrote out your story. All we have to do is trust and obey!
“Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began.” Psalm 139:16 God has ordained our story. He goes before us.
We can cling to His promises knowing and trusting He will fulfill them. Take comfort in this today, my friend!
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