A couple weeks ago I went walking at a county park that I often walk at. I am very familiar with the paths at this park as I have been there many times over the years. However, earlier this summer on the way back to my car, I noticed a path that I had never noticed before. I walked down it just a little ways to check it out but had to turn back before I got too far in as I was supposed to meet my kids back at the car.
So a couple weeks ago when I went for my walk, without thinking about it, I headed straight to this new path I had discovered earlier this summer. I wanted to know where it lead- especially because it headed in the complete opposite direction of the paths I normally take.
I liked the new path. It was hard packed dirt instead of pavement like the other paths. I enjoyed the sense of adventure as the trail turned throughout the woods. I liked that I didn’t really know where I was going. It was fun being somewhere new.
This was the same week that I applied for the new job. I thought about how my new job would be like this path. It would be new and full of unknowns. Though I would be on a path, it would be new to me and I wouldn’t necessarily know exactly where I was going or what I was doing. The new change could be fun and exciting. I became even more excited (and nervous) at the thought of a new job, but I still wondered if I had made the right decision in applying.
I was on the trail for about forty-five minutes when I suddenly recognized where I was. I realized I was going to end up in the EXACT SAME PLACE I always do when I am on the other trails! I started laughing to myself. I felt as though the Lord was speaking to my heart and saying that regardless of what job I have, or what path I am on, I will end up at the exact place He has planned for me when the time is right.
It says in Proverbs 19:21 Many plans are in a man’s mind, But it is the Lord’s purpose for him that will stand (be carried out).
I have had two interviews for the new job. The longer the wait goes on, the crazier I feel for wanting to subject myself to something new and unknown. I have spent the last three years getting to a place in my current job where I actually feel like I know what I am doing. At least with my current job I know everyone. I know what I like and what I don’t like. I know what I am doing.
As I waited to go into my second interview Thursday afternoon I thought “What am I doing?”. I was tempted to get up and leave. I didn’t though. I did my best at the interview and felt like it went much better than the first one did. On my way home I prayed (for the millionth time I think) to God and asked Him to make the decision for me. I prayed He would shut the door if it is not what is best for me and my family. If it is the right path, or an equally good path, and the job is offered to me, I will accept it.
Most of all, I will trust that the Lord’s purpose for my life will be carried out. In the end, that is what truly matters to me.
If you find yourself struggling over a decision in your life that you have already prayed about, I encourage you to meditate on today’s verse. I believe it will bring you comfort in knowing that regardless of the plans we make, God will bring us to the place we need to be and His plans and purpose for our lives will be carried out!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for loving me. Thank you for the plans you have for me. I want to fulfill the purpose you have on my life. Thank you for your Word that promises that you will see to it that the purpose for my life is carried out. Increase the gift of faith in my life. Give me courage to walk on whatever path you set before me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Love, Grace, and Carried Out Purpose For Us All,