While I’m not advocating an apathetic approach to life (I still love and believe in planning) or negating the importance of making wise choices, there is a peace that is found when we surrender and realize that God directs our steps. When I allow myself to worry, I reject the rest that comes from a life held in God’s hands.
“Tomorrow” by Unspoken is quickly becoming one of my favorite songs. Why? Because I can relate to it! Like everyone else, I have no idea what tomorrow, next week, next month, next year or the next decade will hold.
I am a planner. I like to do lists, timelines, agendas, and syllabi. I like having a plan and knowing what to expect. I wish I could say I have a plan for my life, but aside from a general idea, I do not—I have no idea what to expect. Already my life doesn’t look very much like what I imagined or planned; which is a good thing!
There are so many things in life that are beyond my control, no matter how detailed my plans are. This lack of control can be very….disconcerting, scary, and frustrating. I’ve seen the truth in Proverbs 16:9 which says, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” I love the way the New Living Translation words this passage. It says, “We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.”
Isaiah 40:26 helps to put the awesomeness of God directing out steps into perspective. It says, “Lift up your eyes on high And see who has created these stars, The One who leads forth their host by number, He calls them all by name; Because of the greatness of His might and thestrength of His power, Not one of them is missing.” God created, leads, calls the stars by name, and sustains them, and that same God is holding my future and directing my steps! As the Creator and Sustainer of something as intricate as our universe, God is over-qualified for the task of holding and guiding my life.
I wish I could say I am always trusting and always at rest with this knowledge, but I still struggle with fear and worry. And so, I find myself pleading , along with Unspoken, “Come and take the fear away, ‘til there’s nothing left but faith.”