"But I was treated mercifully because I didn’t know what I was doing—didn’t know Who I was doing it against! Grace mixed with faith and love poured over me and into me. And all because of Jesus." 1 Timothy 13-14 The Message
In Beth Moore's book "Breaking Free" she writes;
“Imagine in heaven God lovingly shows you His plan for your earthly life. You see footprints walking through each day. On many days, two sets of footprints appear. You inquire: "Father, are those my footprints everyday, and is the second set of prints when you joined me?" He answers, "No, My precious child. The consistent footprints are Mine. The second set of footprints are when you joined Me." "Where are You going, Father?"
"To the destiny I planned for you, hoping you'd follow." "But, Father, where are my footprints all those times?" "Sometimes you went back to look at old resentments and habits. Sometimes, you departed from My path and chose your own instead. Other times, your footprints can even be seen on another person's path because you liked their plan better. At other times, you simply stopped because you would not let go of something you could not take with you." "But even if I didn't walk with You every day, we ended up OK, didn't we?" He holds you close and smiles, "Yes, child, we ended up OK. But you see, OK was never what I had in mind for you." "Father, what are those golden treasure boxes on certain days?" "Blessings, My child, I had for you along the way. Those that are open are those you received. Those still closed were days you did not walk with Me."
For years I asked God to walk with me...to bless the plans I had made. Really? Oh the loving patience of The Creator to hear such prayers from His created! The clay telling the Potter how to mold and what to make of it, and then what it should be filled with!
Thankfully God is too wise to do what I say...and too gracious in His love to leave me misshapen, broken, and empty by all my poor choices.
I honestly don't want to leave any more unopened treasures that God has planned for me while here on earth by walking through this life "my way" and settling for just an "ok" life! So...I choose to diligently follow God and leave the consequences of each step I take on His shoulders. I feel confident that when I go “with God” He has in store for me an abundant life...one that won't leave me feeling disappointed in the journey!
"I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen. “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me.
Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else, I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” - Jeremiah 29:11-13 The Message