by James A. Washington
Here recently, I have found myself praying that on a specific day, or at a particular moment that I might simply do God’s will. Maybe it is age or wisdom (I wish). I just want to try in every circumstance to say to the Lord, that whatever the outcome, as long as it’s His will, I’ll be okay. It took me a while to stop asking and requesting and getting disappointed about the things I thought would either solve my problems or certainly enrich my life. If I’m honest with myself, I have to tell you that I learned (the hard way I might add) to trust that there are no accidents and God indeed has a plan for my life, even when I don’t have a clue. I can accept it in the name of the Almighty and His particular plan for me. Now I do pray for the wisdom and insight to understand. I do routinely ask for enlightenment regarding my divine purpose. I admit I’m just not there yet. I still question at times how might I better serve and how I might become a better believer, especially when all hell is breaking out all around me.
But for the moment, I’d like to pose the question, how does one obtain insight into God’s will, His purpose for you and me as individuals? For me the answer is pretty simple today, whereas at one time it was more than a notion. It was impossible and extraordinarily complex, or so I thought. To put it bluntly, you’ve got to make a decision. That’s it. Make a conscious decision to allow God’s will to be done in your life. The Lord’s Prayer states “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Now I’m pretty sure none of us have been there but, this prayer basically says to God, whatever is happening in heaven, let it happen here. The premise being that God’s will supersedes our own One of my daily devotionals is Daily Thoughts From the Hill and it has become painfully clear to me is that the first thing you have to do to simplify an understanding of your purpose is to submit yourself, your will to the will of God. Stop trying to be a control freak when it comes to this thing called life. Believe me I know it’s hard to accept that letting go thing but, letting God is the only way to get closer to realizing His plan for you.
Back to this decision making for a minute. You’ve got to decide to relinquish control as my devotional would say. Because we have free will, we’ve got to choose to let God be in control. It’s at this point that we surrender all to Him. That simple fact allows, no, invites God to become an active player in all that you do. From experience, when that happens, it becomes obvious God is a better caretaker of me than I am. Therefore, even if I don’t exactly know what the plan is, I know definitively that I’m in the best hands possible. It’s like riding in a car with someone you trust and you have no idea how to get where you’re going but you know the driver does. That feeling is quite a bit different from being in a car and the driver lets you know he or she is lost. You see I know God loves me like no one else. So it’s okay to relax and let Him drive. His intentions, albeit mysterious at times, can never be interpreted as anything but wanting the very best for me. I can never go wrong with that as a basic assumption to my very existence. And you know what? Neither can you. The fact is God can make it happen. You can’t.
May God bless and keep you always.