Sara’s article is etched richly with the love of Christ and the peace that comes from simply yielding to Him! This touched my heart so much.
Tonight, as I write, I’m sitting by a window watching one of the most glorious sunsets I’ve ever seen. Coral and salmon pink, splash across a sky shaded with lavender and gray. Little bits of baby blue peek through here and there. And it’s always changing. Shifting. A deeper pink here, a touch more blue there. It never stays the same, but moves naturally like the ebb and flow of the tide.
I’ve done my best to put into words the vivid display of color, but truly there are no words to do it justice. All I can say is, “That’s God.” Only He could create something so magnificent and breathtaking.
And deep in my heart, I hear His voice.
“That’s what I want to do in you.”
Over the past year, God has been leading me to new things, drawing me bit by bit outside my comfort zone into the realm of the unknown. With each step I panic a little more, wondering “Is this really what God wants me to do?”
“How can I know this is His plan and not just a wild product of my overactive imagination?”
“Maybe I should give up the whole idea, and do something safe. Like nursing. Or teaching. Or working at the mall.”
Deep in my heart, I realize this stress and anxiety over missing God’s plan, or doing the wrong thing is a symptom of my lack of trust.
Lack of trust. Did I just admit that?
I battle with doubt, striving to do all that God wants. But I’ve realized in all my striving, I’m leaning upon myself. It’s up to me, to create a life of purpose and beauty. It’s all my responsibility to discern what God desires from me. It’s exhausting, this pressure.
But, when I take the time to quit striving, and realign my perspective, I hear the gentle whisper of my Father. “Sara, it’s not up to you. I’m God. You’re not. You don’t have to figure it all out. Stop striving. Rest in Me, in My perfect plan, because I do have a plan. All you need is to be faithful. Let it go…and trust.”
I’m learning I don’t need to worry, or think I’ll miss His perfect plan. I don’t need to sit by, watching the rest of the world do great things, and wonder if it will ever be me.
All I need to do is trust. Pray. Submit. Do what He has set before me today, and take a leap of faith when He brings an opportunity tomorrow. Because my God is in the business of creating masterpieces—both across the sky, and in the lives of His sons and daughters.
I wholeheartedly believe, God can, and will, make your life a masterpiece that makes Him smile and points others toward Him. He can take an obedient, submitted, trusting heart, and do more than we could ever ask or imagine.
Seek Him. Trust in His perfect plan. Choose to relinquish control of your life–your career, education, relationships, and even your ministry—and watch the glorious unfolding of His masterpiece. One all the world will see, and through it, know God’s love is deep, powerful, and unending. His plan, perfect.
I’m prepared to trust and wait—not in idleness, but in faith and action, doing what God calls me to do day by day. I’m ready to step outside my comfort zone, dare to stand alone, and believe in the beauty of trust.
By now, the sunset has long faded. But I know the beauty of a life entrusted to God’s care, never fades, but travels on throughout eternity.
Sara Barratt is a youth leader, writer, avid reader, chocolate lover, and “I Love Lucy” fan. She strives every day to know her Savior better, and fall more in love with Him. A regular contributor for The Rebelution and Top Christian Books, Sara has been published on numerous other blogs including Lies Young Women Believe, Know Your Value and The Overflow. She lives in the woods of northern Michigan with her fabulous family. Connect with her on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/sarabarrattauthor/ )