Trusting God with the Twists and Turns of Life

twists and turns of lifeAs a reader, I love experiencing a story’s journey.  Step by step.  Figuring things out as the character does.  Enjoying the twists and turns of the story-line, finally arriving at the much anticipated, and sometimes unexpected, ending.

But, I do not seem to enjoy the twists and turns of my own life quite so much.  I find myself begging God to show me His will.  I beg Him to show me “the ending” to my situation all the time.  Please Lord, I say.  Please, just give me sign that this will all work out.  Just show me that things will be OK in the end.  Why can’t I enjoy the journey along the way?  Why is this different than experiencing a journey that an author has laid out in the pages of a book?

Because it’s about me.  And that is really the big issue here.  It’s about me and my life.  It’s personal.  I don’t want unexpected endings.  I don’t want twists and turns.  I want a straight path that leads right where I want it to go.  Right to my anticipated ending.  But, it’s not my ending.  I’m not the author.  God is.  He is the author of my life.  He has every step planned out for me.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for your welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”  –Jeremiah 29:11

The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.  –Proverbs 16:9

God is in control

So, how do I learn to enjoy the twists and turns along the way?  I don’t know if I will ever enjoy them, but I sure can learn to trust God in the journey.  I can choose to trust Him along the way, knowing that He has good planned for me, and no matter the path, He is directing the way. I am not wandering alone and forgotten.  I am not off-course.  I am on God’s course, and though the path may not be straight, though it may contain unexpected detours, stops, twists, and turns, ultimately God is in control.  God is the author.

And that is enough for me.

Dear Father,

Thank you for being the author of my life.  Thank you for directing my paths, for having my life in Your hands, for having good planned for me.  Thank you for loving me so much that your eyes are never off of me.  Please help me to remember these truths as I struggle with the twists and turns of life.  Help my heart to be still and calm.  Help me to remember that you are in control.  Help me to remember that you’ve got this, so I don’t have to.  I love you.

Amen.

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