side note: Best quiet time combination includes: COFFEE, CROSSROADS, and JESUS.
As God’s little girl is overwhelmed by the headache of projects, 10+ page papers, and various expectations of an ASU college student, she questions what her future will hold. Why not stay awake to write a blog about God’s character and avoid work? little girl thinks it is acceptable. If college is such an exhausting burden, where is the light at the end of the tunnel? Sometimes, she wishes that God would provide a roadmap of her life. She constantly ponders the “what ifs” and prays for crystal clear clarity in her life with….
What am I going to do with a special education major?
Am I the best fit for this major?
Could my learning disability just go away?
What relationship do I yearn for?
Should I go on a mission this summer?
Where in the world is the LORD leading me?
But hey, God never works in little girl’s timing or control. Everything she currently wants is not matching up with what the Lord wants. In response, little girl has completely dropped her control of this world and is faithfully leaning on His Truth.
Little girl has been replaying this song this week.
“The pathway is broken and the signs are unclear
And I don’t know the reason why You brought me here
But just because You love me the way that You do
I’m gonna walk through the valley if You want me to
‘Cause I’m not who I was when I took my first step
And I’m clinging to the promise You’re not through with me yet
So if all of these trials bring me closer to You
Then I will go through the fire if You want me to
It may not be the way I would have chosen
When You lead me through a world that’s not my home
But You never said it would be easy
You only said I’d never go alone
So when the whole world turns against me and I’m all by myself
And I can’t hear You answer my cries for help
I’ll remember the suffering Your love put You through
And I will go through the darkness if You want me to”
(Ginny Owens, “If You Want Me To”)
As freshman year is full of new friends, new relationships, new environments, and a new chapter of your life, sophomore year brings “big girl” life decisions. When little girl anxiously examines every situation, she loses sight of the Lord’s beauty. She blindly thought this life was under her will, not the Lord’s will. She discovered the Lord’s simple two-word answer, TRUST ME. The Lord never said this life would be easy. If life were consistently a jar full of flowers, there wouldn’t be a need for an authentic faith with the LORD. Yet, what would faith be?
Today, little girl read the Word and discovered more of the Lord’s trust:
Isaiah 17:5-8:“Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”
Like this bible verse says, little girl strives for the tree that bears fruit and is always green. The Lord wants us to daily yearn for the deepest joy in the Lord where the “heat” of this world never knocks her tree down.
Little girl prays:
Under your perfect timing, I trust YOUR will for my life. If it is not part of YOUR will, LORD shut every door in allowing it to happen. You know me better than I know myself so drive all these minuscule anxieties out of my life. “I can do all thing through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13
Have faith in the will of the LORD