I think I need a specific thing. I’ve set it up in my mind as a “must have”. I think: If I get that I will be all good. Then, I can ____.
It’s as if my plan will complete me, but it’s depleting me. I think ahead, verses staying next to God’s plan. I get concerned with what will happen if my hope doesn’t happen and it steals hope. I define what God will do rather than trusting His timing and His plan.
I am looking at a “what” instead of my Who.
“And (a rich young man) came to (Jesus) and said, “Teacher, what [essentially] good thing shall I do to obtain eternal life [that is, eternal salvation in the Messiah’s kingdom]?” Jesus answered, “Why are you asking Me about what is [essentially] good? There is only One who is [essentially] good… (Mt. 19:16-17 AMP)
The rich man here was focused on what he should do… Likewise, I look at what I don’t have or what I think I should have, when there is only One who is good: Jesus.
The second I place my eyes on a “what” instead of Jesus is the second I create an idol. There is only One who is good. But, when I return to expecting God to show up, instead of expecting a thing to pull through for me, my soul gets rightly aligned.
What “what” are you depending on or expecting to change your life? How have you made it the answer, believing it will quell your emotions or transform your life?
To become complete in Christ, we must set down what competes with Him. This begins, I believe, with laying down our own expectations for how things will happen so we can, once again, hope in His BEST plan.
God does things God’s way. On God’s time. In God’s manner. It may not look how we like, but it just may reach 1,000 instead of 1. Or, heal the neighbors family plus our own. Or, bring our wayward kids back as we become healthy again. Or, give us a whole new perspective on God’s real providence.
Who God is — far transcends — what we think is best. This mindset is a return to peace and true trust in God. At least this is what I am learning…
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I don’t know why we’re so prone to look everywhere else except Him. But I am thankful He faithfully calls us to return our gaze and our trust to the only One completely trustworthy and able.
I am grateful for grace that re-purposes my plans when I go off the rails. As Barbara said above, it’s crazy that we look everywhere else first, and then remember the God if the universe.
The second I place my eyes on a “what” instead of Jesus is the second I create an idol. I needed to see that today.
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I agree we need His plan, His expectations, and His Love.
It’s who we need, not what. Yes! Thanks, Kelly.
This really spoke to me. Thank you so much for sharing this. I’m waiting for healing and I get weary as I wait. Thank you for refocusing my eyes on the Who (God), rather than the “what” (being healed). God bless you.
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A great reminder that His plan, His way is always the best!