Shallow desires of the heart are frivolous, at best: the more we indulge in them, the more we time-warp our lives. By carelessly following desires set forth by miscellaneous social, cultural, and familial influences, we lose days/weeks/months/years of our lives to a path that has a dead end. These are easy desires to follow in the grand scheme of life- society tells us that that’s what we should be doing. Taking life by the reigns, honing in on what we think we are good at, and exploiting whatever talents we have to the betterment of our lives. To gain that job. That house. That relationship. But then when all that is “achieved,” what next? How do we become fulfilled?
“Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
– Proverbs 3:6 –
I firmly believe that every soul-feeding, joy-producing, Kingdom-building desire we feel on our heart is determined and provided by God. And better yet- he doesn’t put them on our hearts unless he intends to fulfill them. Think about that.
Desires placed on our hearts by God already have a fulfilled future outcome. We just have to begin the journey, and not turn back when it gets tough.
What kind of lives would we lead if we allowed God to be the true trusted Captain of our souls? What if we actually leaned into the simple fact that you placed the desires of our hearts within our hearts? When we pray and talk to God and read His scripture, the fuzzy picture of our future comes more and more in focus. His plans are so much greater than anything we could imagine. We just need to accept that you do not break promises. And that your word reigns. Imagine if we had that faith. Imagine how far we could go.
But that voyage is scary. To take that step and allow God to guide our boat, even when we don’t understand why He is taking us through the storm when clearer waters are in a different direction. It is so hard to see past the earthly pain of trials and tribulations. How frustrating must it be for Him to watch us make the wrong decisions over and over again. And what a faithful God you are to continually seek after us, no matter how many times we pick up the sins that we should leave at the foot of the cross.
“The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines even brighter until the full light of day.”
– Proverbs 4:18 –
“We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”
– Proverbs 16:9 –
So how do we be the vessel on this voyage?
Quite simply, it’s understanding the deep-rooted peace that comes from knowing [and understanding] that the pressure’s off us. Why? Because God has already determined our steps. He’s already laid the path, and it’s up to us to embrace and stay true to that path. And I don’t know what that means for you, but for me that gives me a deeply rooted peace in my circumstances. Circumstances can go sour, hit a high note, or be exactly how you want them to be, but the will of God is dynamic, yet sovereign and unwavering, and so supreme above all. Our relationship with Jesus is the most interesting relationship you will ever have- the outcome will only be to your good, but the journey to get there is something you can’t plan. But the guarantee is there. And the guarantee is a true win. Holding onto that deep-rooted peace in all circumstances is something that takes practice, but God will back you, every time [even if it doesn’t feel that way in the moment].
So deep-rooted peace seems like the end of it, right? Living life in a peace and a light beyond comprehension.
Yes, but no.
While I feel secure [not comfortable, that’s different] in my life with Jesus, I’m hungry. I’m hungry to not just be filled with God, but to be overflowing. Overflowing into my family, my friends, my workplace, my society. I want the years I have on this earth to mean something >> to be building His Kingdom. I don’t want to leave my legacy, but God’s. Which means jumping into the unknown and being confident in the provision of His grace. Not turning back when it gets hard, but being the vessel for love, and leading with love always.
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