I wholeheartedly believe that everything happens for a reason and not just a reason but in God’s will. That every piece fits together to fulfill what God has already set forth and already knows to be true. But what happens when it doesn’t? What happens when something that feels like God’s will doesn’t happen the way you thought it would?
Lately I’ve been hearing the phrase ‘If it’s in God’s will it will happen. Don’t worry about it!’ Though in my heart I know this to be true, it’s not the advice I want to hear…
I know that everything is in God’s will- the good, the bad, and the ugly, but I don’t think God wants us to sit back and let Him do all the work. I want to believe that there’s a certain extent where God calls on us and wants us to move forward trusting in Him.
If I took that advice and solely relied on God to figure it out for me, I wouldn’t be half the person I am today. I wouldn’t have fought my way into attending Point Loma Nazarene University. I wouldn’t have applied to ministry internship after the deadline. I wouldn’t have networked my way into a great job. I wouldn’t have worked so hard to become who I am.
God has equipped me to do these things, and if I just sit back and wait for Him to do the work for me I’m wasting the skills He has gifted me with. Now I’m not saying I’m going to take the wheels and let God scoot to the passenger side, but I’m also not going to watch my life pass before me without stepping in to experience it.
There’s a balance, and I haven’t quite figured out how to stay on it. I want God to have control at all times, but I also want to participate in my own life. I want to trust Him with everything, but is there a point where trusting starts to look like being lazy… This I know without a shadow of a doubt is that God is good, and He will always have good in store for me.