I’ve read something recently that I’m really captivated by: Your life is a tapestry. God is on the right side, the beautiful, finished side. You are on the underside. You see all the crazy threads and knots and loose ends. What you see is chaos, but what God sees is beauty. God sees the finished product- you see the work it took to get there.
The concept of following God’s will is something that mind has been overwhelmed with lately. It’s such a simple command, yet one of the hardest for us (me) to do. It’s such a crucial aspect of our lives, yet we so often disregard it.
We poor people get so attached to our small Earthly lives. We get so attached to our people and our plans that we sometimes ignore what God is telling us. We’ve made ruts in our familiar pathways. Our lives are well broken in and we don’t want God to overthrow our familiar ways.
It can be one of the most heartbreaking, unsettling, confusing, and frustrating things when God changes our plans. Because to us, we’ve made our own direct pathway to happiness.
We meet new people and form relationships and opportunities come our way and doors open for us, and we go on with our merry little lives according to our plans, and then God says- Wait, this isn’t what you’re supposed to be doing- here’s where I need you to be going.
And we think- What?? I formed this relationship, I embraced this opportunity, I excelled in this job or school… How could you take this away from me? How can you destroy my plans after I’ve come this far? We get angry. We become heartbroken.
So I have to ask, why do God’s changes to our plans upset us so much? Why are we so reluctant to embrace His desire for our life? I believe it’s because we’re too attached. We are too tied down to our opportunities, success, relationships and our version of “happiness”, when we should be tied to God.
It’s good to have ambitions. But you should not hold so tightly to your own ambitions that you’re unwilling to accept a different pathway designed for you by God.
Paul said in Acts 20:24 (KJV) “…neither I count my life so dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God” I pray for the strength and desire that Paul had. He did not allow any worldly thing keep Him from finishing the work that God called him to do. Do not hold anything so dear to your heart as you do God’s calling.
If you truly desire to honor and glorify God, you must let go of the reigns a little bit. You have to release your control of your life and start seeing things through a heavenly lens. Stop tying yourself to your plans, and trust God to take control. Trust that the plans that God has for you will bring Him complete honor. And you will bring him even more honor by choosing to follow them.
Don’t bind yourself to worldly things, bind yourself to God and His glory.
Your tapestry of a life may look like a mess to you, but you’re only on the wrong side. If we saw our lives like God did- like the beautiful, organized tapestry, we’d be more than willing to drop it all and allow Him to have control. And because God is on the right side, we can totally and completely trust Him to weave our lives into something beautiful and glorifying.
** As a side note, I’ve created a youtube channel with videos that correspond with some of my posts. Sometimes it’s more meaningful to hear a voice speaking than reading words off a page.
You can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6q7ns7MR_Yr5iQpU_jw7bA