The following post is one that I shared a little over a year ago on another website. I would still love to hear your stories of wanting things “your way” instead of God’s. 🙂
Have you ever wanted it your way? I know you are probably wondering, what does that mean? Wanting it our way is when we have a process of start to finish of how something should go. However, when it doesn’t fall in line with our expectations, we become disillusioned into thinking that it didn’t happen, or couldn’t happen because we didn’t check off all the steps that we had for the process.
Photo by Verne Ho
This past week, there wasn’t anything that went as planned. My after work naps either didn’t happen, or were later than planned. My during the week walks/and or visits to the beach didn’t go as planned. And then phone calls that I needed to make to take care of business didn’t go as planned because I wasn’t able to reach people.
However, God showed me that I wanted it my way. He had a different set of plans for the week: I got a chance to spend some time with my young adult son watching Little House on the Prairie. This was totally unplanned. Just so happened that he pulled in the driveway right after me. I turned the TV on to a recording, expecting to fall asleep, but I didn’t. We watched an episode entitled, “The Three Bullies”. Charles had to protect his wife from some obstinate town bullies. The children showed the adults a lesson in how coming together in numbers gives strength rather than fighting alone.
My second God moment was riding home from the library midweek after bible study and catching a glimpse of God’s glorious sunset. There were hues of medium pink streaking across the sky. The air felt perfect. And all was calm. And guess what? My way wasn’t the best way after all.
What simple, functional, grace-filled things replaced your “wanting it your way” this past week? Would love to hear your stories!