We’re on chapter three of What Happens When Women Walk in Faith by Lysa Terkeurst. This chapter is entitled God Has a Plan.
And He does.
My first underline: “…sometimes we try to put our new name on our old identity.” (pp 31).
Did this resonate with anyone else?
I cannot embrace God’s plan for my life and remain unchanged. Yet, old habits and ways of thinking often send me back down the path of my will, rather than God’s will.
Sometimes, I get so frustrated with my fleshly self that rears its ugly head in the middle of this journey.
Truth is, it happens a lot.
There are scripts that play out in my mind because they have been there long enough to establish roots.
I need to pull these weeds and plant the truth in my heart.
Trusting God. This is really what we are talking about. In this chapter, Lysa encourages us to let go of our agenda and trust in God’s plan.
I don’t know about you, but when I look back over my life, the times that I have given God control are the times when my life has been deeply enriched or dramatically moved in some way. It’s easier to look back and see these things than to stand right in the middle and surrender.
But looking back on His faithfulness gives me the courage and strength to trust again. And again. And again.
I love Lysa’s story about her first experience in the publishing world. And just look at her now! She was faithful in the little things…
In the study questions, Lysa asks, “How might God use you, weaknesses and all, to minister to other people?”
God has given each of us unique experiences. He knows how to use every little thing that has happened to me for His glory. He has placed me where I am today, in the family I am in, in the job I am in, in the community I am in…because He knows that I have special experiences to influence those people whose lives mine touches.
Our pastor gave a sermon Sunday on being salt and light. He reminded us that salt was used as a preservative in those times. So what Jesus was saying in these verses is that when our lives rub up against the lives of those around us, we should prevent decay. We should preserve their lives.
What is there in me that leads to the preservation of those around me? What rubs off of me that will save another?
We are here for a reason.
Lysa says, “God has placed you exactly where you are according to His purposes.”
Let us praise Him in everything. He designs us. He doesn’t just make us…He designs us. We are His hands. We are His voice in the wilderness. We are His feet.
We are His people.
And He has a plan for us.