We all want more. We are all working towards something. Whether it’s in your professional life, your personal life, or both, we are always striving for more on this earth.
And while that’s good, important, and productive, we must be careful we aren’t putting whatever it is we want to achieve before seeking God’s will in what He wants us to achieve.
I had this epiphany this morning: Yes, God says to seek and you will find, to knock and the door will be opened… But I can’t put the things I am seeking on a pedestal. I can’t put them before Him.
I am confident God has me where I am for a reason. The question is: will I going to make the most of it? Or will I “wish it away” by constantly fixating on the next phase, the next chapter, the next “page” in my life.
I don’t really believe in coincidence. I think everything happens for a reason. And I believe the Lord allowed the “coincidence” of hearing a certain song on Pandora while I was reading a “coincidentally” applicable devotion this morning to speak to me. The song is called Pages by Leeland. In it the band sings:
“When I stand before God’s throne, nothing hidden, nothing unknown… You’ll be staring at the pages of my life.”
This metaphor for how our life is a book, how the Lord will be holding that book in His hands when we stand before Him in heaven, made me think…
What story am I writing?
All too often I can become fixated on the chapters that will come – or the chapters for which I long to come – instead of focusing on the page that I’m writing.
Well, the beautiful thing about writing a book? When you turn the page, there’s a blank one waiting.
And so it is in our lives. No matter what we find ourselves writing, we can always redirect our story on that next page. Our gracious God has given us the incredible gift to start fresh. Each day. With each new page.
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new each morning; great is your faithfulness.” – Lamentations 3:22-23
I am encouraged more than ever to allow Him to guide me in writing my next page. Won’t you allow Him to guide yours?