“Lord willing… ”
Doing what we’re supposed to do is important. But at the center of figuring out what we’re supposed to be doing is a relationship with God, because our to-do list can change at His whim. If you’re given an opportunity to bless or serve someone in your daily life, and that blessing doesn’t interfere with your prime directives – bless.
We want guarantees in this life. We want to think, “If I do x,y,z – I’ll get the result I’m after”. Or , “If I avoid a, b, and q, I’ll be sure to keep my ……” That’s just not reality. Yes, usually our actions affect our results – God set His world up to reward righteousness and to ensure that we reap what we sow. But not all rewards are temporal.
One of the hardest things to embrace is that we’re not in charge of other humans. Humans have their own paths to travel – and we can do all the right things and still they can choose wrong. It’s human nature. Did not the Lord do all the right things, and do not we still choose wrongly? How many people walk away from Him, He who is perfect? And then we still beat ourselves up because we didn’t manage things so as to manage others. Pshaw. People aren’t manageable in full, and humans are fallen.
Jeremiah 2:5 Thus says the Lord,“What injustice did your fathers find in Me, that they went far from Me and walked after emptiness and became empty?
Perhaps you’re supposed to show virtue under fire. Is the fire fair? Nope. But your job is to stand strong. Or maybe your job is to be used to give someone else a chance to be a blessing (we all hate that – we all hate being the object of charity, we’d rather be givers). Are those things fun? No. So we decide that since we aren’t temporally comfortable, that we should change our situation.
Maybe we just need to lean harder on the Lord.
None of us want to remember that we’re on this earth to show God’s glory, not our own. That we were made and placed for “such a time as this” – whatever that is. Are we the whisper of kindness that changes a heart? Is our grace under pressure showing someone else what that looks like?
Life is a journey, and our path is set by our Father in heaven. Each season of our lives has value. Pain can be turned into fine jewels… if we give it to Him. We *have* to let Him guide us and not be so darned independent. What a blessing it is to know that we *can’t* do what He’s given us to do – that all we can manage is to let God work through us. But can we manage that… we can do anything.
“I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.