When "My" Vision Isn't Coming to Pass …
Have you ever really felt frustrated?
Frustrated. That’s exactly how people often feel when things don't go as they'd imagined. With time, we can learn to recognize God’s hand in the setbacks and last-minute changes, going from frustration to awareness. What does that mean? Here’s an example…
Not too long ago, a young preacher went on a trip to Washington to preach the Word at a very important conference. He got organized, reserved his Airbnb room, took the plane, dealt with the jet lag, put aside time to prepare what he’d say, and when he got there, at the last second, everything was canceled.
Instead of focusing on the cancellation, he decided to pay attention to the opportunity right in front of him. This “setback” made it possible for him to reconnect with an innovative, extraordinary man of God named Bobby Gruenewald. Bobby is the man who created YouVersion, the world’s #1 Bible App. And the Lord had a special plan for that day and what would come of it ...
Sometimes we stay there, at the red light, waiting until God wants to clear the way for us ... But at the same time, He is stopping traffic in another street and allowing all the lights to turn green. It’s a different path, another opportunity, but our eyes are so fixed on the initial plan that we don’t notice the extraordinary chance right before us.
As the Bible says so well, “‘For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,’ says the Lord.” (see Isaiah 55:8) God doesn’t think like we do. He knows everything!
It may be that you have such a precise idea of your dream that you’re missing out on opportunities right under your nose! Consider the “green lights”—open doors in your favor—even if they don’t exactly correspond with what you were expecting. Whether it be an unexpected career prospect that has the potential to develop your skills or a last-minute lunch with a friend you haven’t seen in years, pay attention to green lights!
Thanks for existing!