“We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.”
– Proverbs 16:9 NLT –
When I started Unwalled Words my intention was to write and post a minimum of once per week.
Things started out okay…then in June, life got busy.
Life Got Busy
Notice I did not say that I got busy…I said then in June, life got busy.
And, what do I mean by life got busy?
What I mean is that a cascade of extraordinary circumstances and difficult situations happened to people close to me and these persons reached out to me for support and help in various ways…it was like the old adage, “when it rains, it pours”.
As each situation presented itself, I knew within my spirit that I needed to help, and as such had no inherent problem doing so, but it did not come without a price.
The Price When Life Gets Busy
What was the price?
Helping them cost me lots of time, energy (mental, emotional, spiritual and physical), and focus, and this in turn, and most significantly, cost me the laying aside of the pursuit of some key personal goals and plans.
You may think, “So, what’s the big deal with that?…it happens to me lots of times…you sound selfish”.
And you’re right… on the surface.
It’s normally not a big deal for me to help in this way, in fact, as a person called to help others, it’s something that’s quite common in my life, but in this instance, what was different was the timing.
You see, at the beginning of the year, God told me that it’s time to re-build and pursue certain goals and plans that He had previously instructed me to place on hold, and I’ve steadily worked in that regard, but as June approached, I sensed an urgency in my spirit to bear down and push harder because an extra grace to move things forward would be present during the month.
This was confirmed when my pastor announced that the theme for the month of June was, “We’ve Got to Make a Move” and shared with us that He believed that God was saying that it was time to lay aside all previous hinderances and procrastination and move forward in the things that He has been speaking to us about both corporately and individually and as such, we need to make a move.
That confirmation placed a sense of urgency in me, and just as I was about to focusedly barrel down and push forward…life got busy.
Something Came Up Each Day
Each day, seemingly out of nowhere, something inevitably arose that necessitated my attention in some way resulting in the laying aside of what I’d purposed to do relative to pursuing my goals and plans.
Has that ever happened to you?
Has life ever gotten busy for you…at the “wrong” time?
Have you ever been in a season where there’s an urgency in your spirit to really push forward and focus on certain goals and plans and just as you are about to thrust forward, life got busy and unanticipated demands were placed on you that necessitated a shift away from your intended focus onto the needs of others, and you found yourself getting everywhere with everyone else’s plans, but nowhere with your own?
As the days passed, on one hand I felt good in my spirit because I believe the Lord wanted me available to help as I did and I could see Him at work in the various situations, but on the other hand, I felt frustration threatening to brew inside because June, the month of divine acceleration to move forward with my goals and plans, was quickly running out and my progress in that regard was zero.
One morning last week, frustration was no longer a threat, but had become a reality, so I began to talk with the Lord about what was transpiring.
Not far in, He reminded me of a powerful reality that I knew, but embarrassingly had allowed circumstances to cloud.
The essence of what He said was:
Do you not make yourself available to Me and ask Me to order your steps each day?…And do you not place everything including your plans before Me each morning and ask that My will be done?
So, what’s the problem?
Why are you frustrated?
Have I not answered your prayers?
He was right.
What was the problem?
Why was I frustrated?
In light of my prayers, and the fact that God is God and He knows best, there was no real reason at all.
God’s Manifested Will Trumps All
Since I’d already asked the Lord to order my steps each day and had committed everything including my plans to Him each morning, and asked for His will to be done, by faith I needed to accept that each of the extraordinary situations and circumstances that arose where others needed my help and I could sense the Lord wanting me to help, were a part of His manifested will, and as such submitting to the same was more important than sticking to previously authorized and approved plans so there was no problem nor need for frustration.
With that simple shift in perspective and alignment with spiritual reality, my frustration evaporated.
Instead of seeing June as a frustrating, “wasted” month because of a lack of progress in my goals and plans, I saw it as a month of service to others and faithful submission to the Lord’s manifested will.
When life gets busy, as we submit to God’s manifested will, what a difference a shift in perspective and alignment with spiritual reality can make!
And, not only that, because of my pliable posture and obedience to His will, the Lord has promised to redeem the divine acceleration what I “missed” in June…what a blessing!
Today if you find yourself in a similar season and/or situation to the one I was in, I pray that this post is a source of encouragement and help that leads to spiritual alignment, breakthrough and peace for you.
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