Dreams… I used to dream of being a lawyer, singer, dancer, and actress. Those were prestigious and exciting career paths. Eventually, as I grew older, I started to drop them one by one.
I make a note of this to say that most times, we tend to make our plans and rely deeply on what we want out of life. We decide to be doctors or teachers, politicians or economist, bankers or entrepreneurs. Then we pave the way to make it happen. Nothing is wrong with that but is that God’s will for us?
When I just got saved (again), I remember realising that I did everything on my own without asking God for his direction. Therefore, I prayed and asked God to help me to change that habit and not rely on myself and my will, but to pray for his will be done in whatever I seek to do. I am not fully there yet, but I can tell you that I am much better than I was before. And when I pray, he does answer with guidance, instructions, correction, etc., most times.
That’s how I know that God has a plan for our lives. He’s so thoughtful, because he knew we’d be battling with the most significant question, “What on earth am I here for?” He knew we’d be highly depressed if we only lived to die. He knew that we’d blossom and be more productive with our lives if we knew that we were born to make an impact or change in the lives of others. I recall God telling Jeremiah that he knew who he was before he was conceived. And not only that, but God said he ordained him to be a prophet (Jeremiah 1:5). God has a plan for us.
I boast in this: God did not simply create me for entertainment. He created me with a vision of the role he wanted me to play on earth. He didn’t say, all you must do is worship me and nothing else, no. He said that everything I do for him is worship. So feeding the hungry, praying for/with someone, cleaning the church, being a pharmacist, being a comedian, working as a secretary….it’s all worship. But what I love the most in all this, is that God will put us in professions that will both bless others and cause us to feel fulfilled.
Proverbs 16:9 says, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.”
Let the Lord determine your steps. Choose his will over yours. Choose to be a teacher instead of a doctor. Choose to be a lawyer instead of a business person. Choose to be a prophet over a banker. You can even be both, if those are the steps God determines for you. My point is, God loves us so much that he took the effort to invest in our lives and create a vision for where we should go. He loves us so much to encourage to not just live, but to be alive and thrive. What a God!