In All Your Ways Submit to Him
Amazingly, it hasn’t taken long for God to start opening my eyes as to why and how I’ve been missing important puzzle pieces in life. This relationship-building experience with Him is revealing things to me that I just haven’t been aware of.
First of all, let me say this, a pastor of a congregation is merely a person who has surrendered their life to be a shepherd. He can teach us about God but just by what the pastor teaches, we cannot know God. It’s up to each of us to experience God for ourselves. I have one of the most gifted pastors in the world, Dr. Tony Evans. One thing that he has stated on multiple occasions is that there is a difference between knowing about God and experiencing Him. He is very accurate in that statement. In this one week of spending time with God (for hours) each morning, I’m starting to actually experience Him.
While praying yesterday morning, God laid a particular woman on my heart. What I did know about her situation is that she is going through the difficult challenge of caring directly for a parent who has been diagnosed with a condition that has no cure. She explained to me about 3 weeks ago that her mother’s condition worsens over time, which makes it more challenging to care for her. She said she was drained and tired and it’s only by God that she has been able to make it this far. So after praying for her yesterday, I sent her a text at 6:17am:
I apologize for such an early text but I was thinking about you & praying for you. When u have a moment, let me know how you are doing. You’ve really been on my heart.
She responded a few minutes later:
Aww. Good morning. This text means a lot. Thanks for thinking about me. It’s been hard lately, so your prayers mean the world. We have found a place for mom and she’ll be going this week, so I’m having lots of emotions going on, but I know that it’s for the best. Mom is just not hardly sleeping, so I haven’t gotten much rest in months. I know God has been carrying me. There’s no way I’d be going without Him. Thanks Keitha, because there’s power in prayer.
I have always believed that prayer changes things because it’s powerful! I don’t always know the outcome of prayers I pray for others but when I do, it expands my faith for the next thing my Father brings my way.
Listening to Experiencing God today helped me realize that I’ve been approaching God’s will the wrong way all along. Instead of me asking God everyday “What is Your will?”, I’ve been asking “What is Your will for my life?” There’s a tremendous difference in these two questions. God can go much further in His daily purposes when we just make ourselves available to Him for anything. It’s about His will, not about me. When I remove myself from that question, it gives Him a less selfish heart to work with.
Right now I pray that I will remember to allow God to guide me through each moment of every day and focus mostly on building my relationship with Him. As He sees a willing heart in me, I believe He will fill each day with purpose like the instance above. When each day is done, I want to know that I added value to other’s lives. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
In all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Proverbs 3:6 NIV
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