“Many are the plans in the mind of a man,
    but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” ~Proverbs 19:21 ESV

… It is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.” Oh my goodness. This brings goosebumps to read that scripture and think on it. I have heard it said that our lives are kind of like a giant tapestry that God is weaving into His perfect design. He is the designer and the creator. He knows the plan He made for us before our feet ever hit the planet. And yet, we get to choose.

Sometimes I wish that we didn’t. Why did he give us free will? Well, would you want to force someone to hold an intimate space in your life? Of course not. Neither does He. More than anything, our creator wants us to choose Him. Everyday, He wants us to choose Him with an everlasting love. He wants good things for us. There are many thoughts about why we have struggles in our lives, but my favorite notion is so that we will ultimately seek Him first, in all things.

I’m not much for video games, or computer games, but I have to admit, I have played a little Sims from time to time. Well, mostly just using cheat codes to plump up my bank account so I can build and decorate magnificent dream homes for the SIM characters. If only I could do that in real life. Haha! But anyway, while playing the game, when the SIM gets hungry or tired, or needs a bath, or something else, if I’m ignoring their needs, they look up at me and start yelling in their little SIM language, and trying to get my attention.

It occurred to me one day, that’s how we are with God. Things aren’t going our way, and that’s when we look to Him for help, relief, emergency calls, fix our problems, heal our bodies, and everything else. The stressful times when everything feels like it’s falling apart are typically the times when we seek Him and His plan for our lives.

That’s not what he wants from us. He wants us to seek Him every single day, and in everything we do and bask in His unconditional love during the not-so-stressful-times too. I know this. I’m not always good at it though. Sometimes, I’m better than others. I’m great at praying every day, and even various times throughout the day, I talk to God.

But I have to be transparent in telling you that if the scripture didn’t come in my email box or in my app, then I can’t remember when the last time I actually opened up my Bible. I have looked up scripture and even read entire chapters on my computer screen though. But to really get out my Bible and search? I have to admit, it’s been a while. That’s my step one. Today, I’m getting my Bible out and opening it up and asking God where he wants to lead me.

God draws us with His everlasting love. I want His plan to be my plan. That’s where I have to take a step back from Christi and look more for Him and His direction. I have a tendency to be a planner, and with that I struggle starting something unless I have every detail ready to go. That is one reason it has taken me so many years to step out of my box. I don’t have a clear plan detailing everything I will write and place on this website. But that’s what faith is all about. Trusting Him. I don’t have to have the plan. If I sense he is compelling me to do something, I just have to take that first step and trust He has the plan, and tune in to His direction. That’s the tough part though. Tuning in. Stepping out of my anxiety and into trust.

Just a little something to ponder …

Do you have to have a plan and know what to expect? So often, we have expectations without even realizing it. Are you searching for your purpose? Or do you know what He is calling you to, but you’ve been too afraid to take a step? As He draws you closer to Him, just take a step. After all, His plans don’t fail. Where are you trusting Him today? What area of your life are you challenged to trust Him in today? 

Sincerely, Christi

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