Every Sunday Morning I sit next to my mother in church. Recently I noticed a quirky behavior that she has. Upon receiving the bulletin she gets out her pen and begins to fill in the empty spaces in her notes. I was surprised that she so quickly could figure out what our pastor was teaching about. There were many times that she began filling in the words before anything was projected on the screen. After a few weeks of this I asked her why she does it. I will never forget her response to me.
"Filling in the blanks is just like completing a crossword puzzle, I like the challenge of it!"I must admit it was a novel approach to listening to the sermon. We do this often in our relationship with God. Trying to out guess him. I am so guilty of trying to figure out God's plan for my life. Sometimes I even make things fit into the puzzle that maybe don't fit but I want them so I push them in.
Have you been here?
Jeremiah 29:11 says that God knows the plans he has for us. Not that we know His plans.
If you struggle with letting God direct your steps, here are some verses that may help you to trust Him more.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5
Thus says the Lord, Your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go. Isaiah 48:17
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will guide you with My eye.” Psalm 32:8
For this is God, our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even to death. Psalm 48:14
The Lord will guide you continually Isaiah 58:11
Take delight in the LORD,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD;
trust in him and he will do this:
He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn,
your vindication like the noonday sun.
Be still before the LORD
and wait patiently for him;