Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is - his good, pleasing and perfect will. -- Romans 12:2
I used to think of my life as a straight line--that every major life event would fall into place one after another. And in my head, it went a little like this:
Go to college, join a sorority, land an internship or two (or three), graduate with honors, accept a fabulous job offer, marry the man of my dreams, start a family of my own, etc.
The list went on and on, numbered with everything I hoped to achieve in my lifetime. Nice and neat and aesthetically pleasing. And though I would never have admitted it, I felt almost robotic.
That these were accomplishments that the world expected of me. And that without, I would be considered inferior. Less than.
So, I worked harder and harder and harder to achieve the beginnings of my list: I attended the University of Kentucky, initiated into Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and eventually graduated from college with honors.
And in the eyes of the world, I was successful.
But more importantly, accepted.
However, when my life plan began to fall apart (or rather, falling into God’ places), Jesus spoke directly into my mind and heart that I was made for another world.
That I was loved more than I ever knew and planned for beyond compare.
And that sometimes, despite the fact that His plans may not always look as appealing as the ones I’d designed for myself (as far as Earthly standards go, that is), they were far, far better in every way.
I’m not where I thought I’d be, that’s for sure. Not by a long shot.
But I can absolutely guarantee that while there have been skeptics of my life plan thus far (or perhaps more accurately, God’s life plan for me), I do not regret it one bit.
My life is a testament to the goodness and grace of our Jesus. The ways of God are not the ways of the world. And as such, it’s impossible to please both the world and your Heavenly Father.
Have faith, sister, for our Jesus works in beautiful, glorious and mysterious ways.
And although He may (and probably will) tweak and modify your “to-do” list, He’ll replace it with a life design created and crafted just for you.
Even if it is a zigzag.
Am I placing too much importance on the expectations and opinions of the world around me?
What is our good, good Father saying about me? What is His truth for my life?
Jesus, I thank you that you plan and provide for me. I thank you that your designs for my life are far better than I could ever imagine. Please help me to see my circumstances from a heavenly perspective as I partner with you to bring God’s truth to the rest of the world. Give me eyes to see and ears to hear your voice. I place all of my trust in you, knowing that your goodness is everlasting. In Jesus’ name, Amen.