In May, I participated in a twelve-day Instagram writer’s challenge. It was both stretching and fun. We were given a different word each day and created posts about those words relating to our writer’s life.
As I contemplated each word, I discovered correlations between writing life and real-life. I’ve expanded on the original posts, and I’d love to read your thoughts on these words as they relate to your life as well.
Have you ever thought you knew where your path was leading, only to have it slant in another direction?
If I had to guess, most of us have experienced occasions in our lives where we thought we knew the plan, only to have it change in some way.
I thought I’d procure a teaching position straight out of college, only to work in other jobs for two years before God led me to the job He’d intended for me.
I thought Hubs and I would begin having children before I turned thirty . . . and our first child came along when I was nearly thirty-six.
I thought I had a good understanding of how to raise children well . . . only to be confronted with my own failure and weakness time and again.
I thought I’d have a publishing contract within two years after beginning my writing journey. I worked hard with the information I knew, and nine years later, I’m still working toward my first published book.
In all the important things in my life, I started on the journey with a clear goal in mind. I worked toward an expected outcome . . . only to find my journey angling in a direction I never anticipated.
What I’ve discovered in each of these situations is that God knew the path He had for me, and in each situation, His plan was different from mine.
We never get from point A to point Z without being changed along the path.If we trust God to lead us, He refines our character and conforms us to the image of His Son. Stretching, agonizing, chafing (at least, if you’re me), striving, changing, and accepting are usually a part of the journey.
God knows the plans He has for each of us. I fall into the trap of thinking that, because the first step is leading in a certain direction, I can set my plans to continue in that direction. But, the Lord only shows us a few steps at a time, because He wants us to look to Him, to trust Him for each next-step along the journey.
When we trust His leading—even when we don’t understand the Why’s—we will grow in depth as His children. We learn lessons and gain wisdom to take with us and use on our journeys.
Though these slanted paths take me by surprise, I’m discovering God has lovingly orchestrated each new direction.
Our Father knows the character He desires to develop in us. God uses situations in our lives that will draw us closer to Him and enable us to reflect Him the most clearly to those around us.
God knows the perfect timing for our journeys. He knew that giving Hubs and me children when I was thirty wasn’t the best thing for us. I still don’t understand the Why’s, but He brought two boys into our lives when He knew it was best.
He knows why I haven’t moved further in my writing journey yet. Though I don’t understand the Why’s of that, I can trust Him to bring things to fruition in His timing.
Unlike us humans, God sees from the moment of our birth to our last breath on earth. He’s not constrained by the boundary of time the way we are. And He knows what’s best for us.
When, from my vantage point, my path seems to slant into the ditch, perhaps this was the straight-line path God envisioned for me all along?
What about you? When have you felt like God slanted your path in a different direction? How do you navigate the slants God arranges in your path?