“God’s will for us is not hidden like a buried treasure. We do not have to control or force it. We do not have to walk on eggshells in order to make it happen.” -Melanie Beattie, The Language of Letting Go
Often when God reveals His will to me, He doesn’t show me the whole picture. Like a jigsaw puzzle, I get one piece at a time. Put this piece down, then the next, then the next, until one day I have a whole section and I begin to see the entire scene.
So why is it that when God reveals a piece of his will to me, I take it like a running back who has just been handed the ball and I take off toward the goal line, shoulder-blocking anything getting in my way. I’m saying, “Ok, God. I see what you’re doing. I got this.” And I waste time and a lot of anxiety trying to make happen what I think He’s telling me instead of just taking the piece He’s given me and wait for the next.
God’s will is not for us to figure out. It’s for Him to reveal. And we can see it if we are living in what John Ortberg in The Me I Want to Be calls “the flow of the Spirit.” When we are seeking Him, our spirit is better in tune with His Spirit as he whispers out his plan, one step at a time. Psalm 34: 10 says, “…those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.”
What would happen to our state of mind, our peace, our anxiety level, our patience with our kids or co-workers if we sought the Lord and waited to hear Him before we moved?