Earlier today I was at lunch with my grandma, mom, and sister. We just shared and talked about things here and there, when my grandma mentioned her 50th college reunion she had attended last night… 50th? My grandma was in my stage of life over 50 years ago! She even said, “There were so many old people!” My grandma, definitely young at heart, is someone I have looked up to my whole life. She is bold and carries the joy of the Lord wherever she goes.
After going home, I wondered what my life would be like after 50 years. Would I accomplish my goals and dreams? How do I make sure I stay on the straight and narrow?
I decided to call her and ask her some of the questions I had been asking myself. I heard her sweet “hello” on the other end of the line, and immediately smiled. She is just that type of person that can brighten your day. I explained to her my request and she began talking about her reunion. “People said nice things. ‘I accomplished this, and I did this, and achieved these dreams.’ They were good, but it was all about me me me and I didn’t hear anything that glorified God.” I found that interesting as she explained more about the different classmates she had talked to. “There is two ways to do things, Haley, you can plan out your life and do the things you want by your own strength, or you can live a life that follows God plans and that glorifies Him.”
This is a hard thing for me. I have a problem with trusting God. Most of us have heard the Proverbs 3 verses that says “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.” It is one thing to hear these words, it’s another to follow them to the ultimate extremes.
I decided to pick a word of the year this last January. I had had a hard couple of months leading up to this, emotional and physical ups and downs that just kept piling up. I felt as if I was in free-fall, unsure of where I would end up. But in January when I decided to pick a word, I heard the Lord strongly say TRUST, trust, trust. It has been a rough road since January, but I felt God keep saying trust. When I needed emotional and physical healing and had not received it as immediate as I had hoped–I heard the word trust. When I was stressing about picking a college to attend–I heard the word trust. When I was tired from working long days all week long–I heard the word trust. It has followed me everywhere, and listening to my grandma has brought it back up again.
It may be easier at this point to plan out your own life, follow your own dreams, and use your own strength to finish it out. It is a lot harder to trust. But my grandma says she has had the best life. “Nothing is more exciting than living for the Lord.” I think the difference in where you’ll end up at your 50th college reunion is whether you trusted the Lord with your life or not.
As a personal challenge for myself and to you if so choose, is to not be those people at your 50th reunion that only talk about your own accomplishments. Be the person that glorifies God, and lives the exciting life of trusting in His plan. You can live it out now, starting by asking God to reveal His plans for your life.
“Looking back now, I see God’s hand in my life in every direction I turned.” I asked her how one would get to a place 50 years from now and see the imprints of God. She told me that it all starts with praying and asking God to reveal talents and gifts, and to choose daily to give the glory of God. This may take a lot of trust, but it is worth it in the end.
Anyways I hope that is encouraging! Sometimes I think it is good to look at life from the future looking back, to evaluate where we are in the present. Here are some verses to look at if you want to be encouraged through the Word about this: Jeremiah 29:11, Romans 8:28, Psalm 46:10, Psalm 37:4-6, Hebrews 13:8, Matthew 6:25, Psalm 28:7, John 14:6, Psalm 91:1-16
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