Tuesday, November 30, 2010

In Other Words--Choosing His Will

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“There are two kinds of people:
those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says,
“All right, then, have it your way”.”

~C.S. Lewis~

We fell in love with the town of Portsmouth the moment we visited. I remember telling German that the first job that was available there, no matter what it was, he was to take it. I was only half-joking.

Then came the moment that a job was offered to German in Portsmouth. It was even a good job. Yet I clearly heard God in my spirit say "You can have what you think you want or you can trust me." As much as I love the South coast, I said to German that I did not think this was the move for us. He was relieved, because that was what he was feeling as well. We turned down the opportunity.

And we waited for the next opportunity. Which fell through.

And we waited for the next opportunity that brought us to where we are now.

I know for certain that where we are now is the place best suited to use our gifts. I do not for a moment believe that we would have been abandoned if we had accepted the other place. We would have been involved in a church, we would have loved God and He would still have loved us. I do believe that the fit would not have been as perfect. God would have said "have it your way" and stayed with us, but we would not have found the immediate peace that we have had here. Why? Because he truly does know the plans he has for us to prosper us.

When you say "Your will be done" you find the peace you desire. Praying that you find it today.

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
~Jeremiah 29:11~

Father, thank you for directing our paths. Thank you that you do not abandon us when we choose our own path but wait patiently to draw us back. Help me to always be willing to say "have your way." Amen.

Our hostess this week is Esthermay at The Heart of a Pastor's Wife. Come and join us.

3 comments:

Twinkle Mom @ Sunflower Faith said...

Miriam,
Love the gentle reminder of patience...There are many times when it's tempting to say, maybe this is the way we should have it and yet find our souls still troubled for rather than allow ourselves be guided by Him, we try to guide ourselves!

Wonderful post!

Nic said...

Dearest MiPa, that is so true in that you say "When you say "Your will be done" you find the peace you desire" and that while things might have been "good", they wouldn't have been GRRRRRRRREAT!

Great post, as always, my friend! :-)

D.J. Hughes said...

Great testimony! Thanks for sharing such encouraging words today. They were much needed!