This is the FOREWORD of my upcoming book 'ORDER MY STEPS: Surrendering to the will of God for my life'. The book is due to be released next month (February 2016).
With hindsight it is believed, that one would have or better still, could have done things differently. There is however an important factor needed: God. When God is NOT involved in our planning, neither hindsight nor foresight could have made or can make any plan better. When I only knew about Jesus but had not accepted Him as my Lord and Saviour, my plans and decisions were based on my feelings and what I enjoyed doing. My life was like a jigsaw puzzle and I simply assembled the well-shaped pieces to satisfy the cravings of my flesh.
When God puts together the pieces of our lives, He doesn’t just take the well-shaped manufactured pieces but uses the cut-offs, broken and factory-rejected pieces to produce an image that is complete in every dimension. We sometimes think it unfair when instead of adjusting our plans, God turns them completely upside down. You were heading north and God redirects your route southward. Could He not do whatever He needed to do in the north as well? Does God not know how inconveniencing and disrupting it is to start all over again?
There are two answers to help you understand the reasons behind this. Firstly, we usually do not ask God from the very start about which direction we should go in. We make study plans based on the career we deem to be the best for us and off we go to college or university. We join the rat race of working to live and somewhere along the road, frustration sets in. Now we desperately need God to intervene and He does things only one way – His way!
Secondly and I know this may be unpalatable for you but God is God and He can do whatever he chooses to do! We plan our lives based on time measured in units of seconds to years; God is however not time-focused but season-focused. When the bible refers to time, it’s not the time on the 24-hour clock but a season. God, who planned and knitted us perfectly together, had every moment of each season of our lives pre-planned:
You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
Psalm 139:16 (NLT)
Just like we are used to the weather seasons and dress accordingly, we need to dress according to the spiritual season we are in. If we put on winter coats in a hot summer season, we would feel very uncomfortable. If we decide to be scantily clothed in the winter, there would be dire consequences! In like manner, fighting against the season God has put us in and being rebellious against His specific plans for us will leave us badly scorched.
I have and am still learning to surrender to the will of God for my life. It’s not a one-off surrender that takes care of everything but a moment by moment surrender that teaches me to trust and lean on God. Most importantly, I am learning not to put God into a box as I venture on this new walk of faith.
Hope you were blessed. Till next time, keep on walking in Christ!