Thursday, February 25, 2010

When God Sees Fit To Move Us Along

Some of us are very blessed. We just live “blessed” lives. We have homes that we feel so “at home” in, children who we adore and love to hang around (and who enjoy us as well!), marriages that are vibrant and thriving…. Do you feel ready to throw up yet? No one has it that perfect do they? Well, yes, sometimes it seems that way. Some of us are just very blessed. We know we are blessed and we are thrilled. We are so comfortable with our lives. Our lives are comfortable with us and we are comfortable with them. What happens then, when we realize that we may be comfortable with where we are at, but God is not?

Sometimes I think we’re taken unawares by God. We forget that it is HE that is in charge of our lives – not us. Even if we may feel like we are running them like a smoothly oiled machine. We can get so comfortable that we forget that we may not be chosen to sit there indefinitely!

God has a purpose for our lives and at times, He sees fit to move us along. We may need motivation to shift and change things when we have gotten so comfortable with where we have been at. In these cases, I’ve found that we can either go willingly as God directs, or He can force us – which is much more painful and uncomfortable!

I don’t think we’ve done anything wrong when God sees fit to throw a curveball into our otherwise neat plan of a life. I don’t think He’s necessarily disciplining us for getting complacent. It may just be that He has some special things to show us or work through us. It may just mean that He sees our potential and we need to do some growing! I liken it to when you see a really smart kid start to coast in the classroom because the work is too easy for them. They need to go to the next level – as do we at times.

While I often find myself complaining when I think God wants to stretch my character or do hard things in my life, I think it’s truly an honor to be felt “worthy of the call” in His eyes. I think if left untouched, I would regret not learning and seeing the deeper truths and closeness that only He can show me. And to be honest, sometimes God just asks more of us for His reasons alone.

I believe that God wants me to be better, stronger, wiser, deeper, happier, and more content. I think He wants me to try and see what He sees…. Not just in my life but in the life of those around me and in the life that He’s created for me. I can never do that if I sit “comfortably” in my self-run life.

If you are one of the “blessed” that God has chosen to recently “shake up” – don’t fear and don’t despair. He loves you and He holds you and your agenda safely in His hands. The risks that He might ask of you may bring more to your life than your comfort ever could, so step forward with great faith and trust. I promise you won’t fall.


Cherie said...

Thanks Dionna. It is a good reminder that God sometimes needs to shake us out of our complacency. I'm in a shake up right now, and it can be unsettling. This was a good reminder to keep my eyes on Christ for his direction.

Barbie said...

As the saying goes, "God loves you too much to leave you where you are". So yes, He will poke us and prod us along on this journey called Life. He knows when we are ready to move more than we do. We just need to trust!

Dionna said...

Cherie -
I'ms so sorry that you're in a "shake-up" right now. But I am, however, glad that my article could give you a little bit of clarity and come at the right time.


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