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The Lord Determines My Steps

“There’s no greater discovery than seeing God as the author of your destiny.“

Ravi Zacharias

I don’t know if it’s the school teacher chromosome within me, or what, but I’ve always enjoyed planning. I remember as a teenager, I had my cousin spend the night. Moments before we fell asleep, I asked her what was the next day’s agenda. I like knowing ahead of time what to expect. I’ve learned it’s okay to plan, but to hold those plans loosely, for God may want to change them.

Proverbs 16:9 says: “In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps.” In my heart, I had planned to live in Omaha till the day I died. I never voiced those words out loud, like I did when I lived in Tucson, for fear they would not come true! My course was to stay in Nebraska, but ultimately, it’s the Lord who decides where I live. Apparently, He’s chosen Wichita to be our next place of residence.

Months ago, the Lord spoke these words to me. All along, the twenty-eight years in Omaha were not meant to be a destination; they were simply a part of the journey. They were to prepare you for what I have next in Wichita.

God rules and reigns in my life, thus He dictates the steps to take. I don’t want my way, but God’s way. I want His desires fulfilled in my life. I know when God’s in control then it will be good, for He always has my best interests at heart. Who better knows what’s best for me than my Creator.

A few weeks ago, after closing on our house in Wichita, I was sitting out alone on our friend’s deck, sipping a cup of coffee. In the stillness of the early morning, I heard my Father say, This is home now. It was a gentle, definitive statement of transition which brought tears to my eyes. God closed one chapter of my life in Omaha while He opened a new chapter in Wichita, which will be His-story for me. I experienced comfort and peace with God’s word of confirmation. I may not always know what’s next, but if God’s in charge, I know it will be good.

“Destiny waits in the hand of God, not in the hands of statesmen.“

T. S. Eliot

Relevant Reflections:

  1. What plans have you made, which God has changed?

  2. Does God rule and reign in every aspect of your life? If not, take time to submit that area to God through repentance and prayer.

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