FOCUS QUESTION: Are you trusting God with your future?
GUESS WHAT! GUESS WHAT! My website is 12 months old today!
“How old is your website?”
“It’s 12 months.”
“ONE. Your website is ONE.”
It’s been ONE YEAR since I launched a website and dove headfirst into the unknown.
To say this is the hardest thing I’ve ever done is an understatement. I’ve wondered, “What is God doing?” a hundred times and I’ve cried just as much. Just kidding. Way more.
There’s a meme on Pinterest that says, “I stopped believing for a little while this morning. Journey is going to be so mad.” I would be lying if I said I haven’t had my fair share of doubts because I have. Will I ever make a living doing this? Are people even reading my blog posts? Why won’t anybody email me back? Am I supposed to build an online presence to gain credibility first and then speak?
Not having answers to lean on has forced me to lean on God. By placing my career and future in His hands, I’ve been able to watch God provide in ways only He can provide. I’ve had to learn (and relearn) what it really means to be patient, depend on the Lord, and trust Him with my future.
A lot of people wonder why I did it because in no way does my journey appear successful according to society’s definition of the word.
Walking in obedience and trusting God with your future is not always logical from the world’s perspective. It doesn’t always feel logical either, but we serve a God who defies all logic.
This website marked the beginning of a future I couldn’t see with my eyes or tangibly hold in my hands. In NO WAY did I know how to run a website. What are widgets? Plugins cost money? What does CSS mean? I literally picked my website host because it had the word “Gator” in it and alligators are my favorite animal. Judge not.
I’ve asked more questions in the last year about speaking and blogging than I did in my entire 17 years of schooling. It has been a humbling experience to say the least.
I keep showing up because I’ve tasted the sweetness of God’s grace and the rewards of doing things His way. He provides the reassurance I need to keep going even when the going gets tough.
I’ve experienced many highs and many lows but I’m thankful for both because I have been shaped by both. The highs remind me of God’s faithfulness and provision. The lows remind me of my desperate need for Him and my inability to do any of this without Him.
I’m working diligently to ensure I’m keeping up my end of the deal. This means producing content every week and pouring 100% of myself into my blog posts and speeches. However, at the end of the day, I know the outcome is beyond my control and I’m called to let go and place everything in God’s hands. That’s my responsibility as a disciple and it’s yours, too.
We’re called to work our tail off and give it everything we’ve got while placing the results in God’s hands. Whatever they may be. As I’ve mentioned before, there is no better place for our lives to be than in the hands of our loving Father.
Trusting God with your future is less about facts and more about faith.
I believe Corallie Buchanan said it best:
“When we look to God as provider, we are surrendering our independence and trusting someone else to meet our needs, over which we have no control. Letting go of our ‘dependence on independence’ and letting someone else take control goes against natural human instinct. We need to fight the urge to take over and just let God be God, because He can provide for us better than we can.”
When God calls us down a path, the task doesn’t always include a road map or instructions because it is through the unknown God teaches us to rely on Him wholeheartedly. Each day of the journey will require a new level of trust and the ability to look past what makes sense to society.
Trusting God with your future requires faith, patience, and total dependence that He will provide. And He will. It may not be in the way we hoped for or expected but it will always be in the way we need it most. His plans are far bigger and better than our own.
If God is calling you to step out in faith, I pray you find the courage to jump. The abundant life is on the other side of fear. It’s big and scary but also beautiful. When we trust God to provide, He shows up in ways man never could.
There is joy to be found in the midst of God’s provision.
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