All my life, I have thought that God’s will or plan for my life has to be laid out in front of me. That’s the only way I’ll be able to follow it. It didn’t matter what I felt about my life because feelings lead us astray from God’s Will. But then, a Bible verse stuck out to me.

Psalm 20:4

May He grant you according to your heart’s desire and fulfill all your plans.

It’s like a light blinked on when I read this verse. Those feelings and desires I have aren’t leading me away from God’s plan, but they’re His way of laying out His plan for my life in a way I could understand. Instead of fighting those desires and plans I have for my life, I need to take a leap of faith and start fulfilling them with God’s help.

I can’t just sit back and wait for God to deliver my life to me on a silver platter. As much as I’d like everything to fit together perfectly, this world is flawed. I am flawed. To get what I want in life, I have to act.

Don’t get me wrong, if a desire doesn’t line up with God’s Word…it’s not from God, and you should never go against God’s Word. But, for me I have a desire to spend more time with my family.

I have been so unhappy with everything going on in my life as of lately, but I keep telling myself to be patient and wait for God’s plan to go into action. I know He has one, but I need the map laid out for me to find it. Yet all of this time, I’ve got this burning desire to work on my writing and find a job with flexible hours so that I can write and spend more time with my family. I have no idea how long I have left with my Mom and Dad, and I don’t want to wait it by working all the time and getting no where.

I know that’s what I want, but I haven’t been directly looking for a way to make it happen. It’s like I was just waiting for God to drop a perfect job in my lap. Maybe an email would pop up and all my problems would be solved. That’s not how the world works, and deep down I know that…yet, I was just sitting around waiting for God to do all the work.

But after reading Psalm 20:4 and really understanding its meaning, I know that in order to make this job idea become a reality, I am going to have to make some sacrifices and really look for what I want. God will provide a way to make my writing soar, and He will provide a job that gives me all that I need. I just have to put in the work to find it. Things aren’t just given to us because then we would learn nothing. Does a parent give their children everything their heart’s desire without any effort on the child’s part? I know my family didn’t. I was provided for, but I also learned what it meant to work for what I wanted too. God’s my Heavenly Father, and I should expect nothing less from him.

Look deep in your heart. Do you have a desire that’s burning inside to get out and become a reality? Does it align with God’s Word? Maybe it’s time for you to get up and work towards that goal. God’s ready to help you, but you have to take the first step.

Janie Winsell

Janie Winsell

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, "plans to prosper and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”