Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Resounding "No"

What if the answer is no?
What if the thing I pray desperately for, beg for, and strive for will never be?
What if that thing I want more than anything isn't part of God's plan for my life?
What if the answer isn't "not yet" or "one day" but NO...

Will I sulk?
Will I run and hide?
Will I forsake faith?

" 'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord..." (Jeremiah 29:11)

Somewhere in the midst of all the "what ifs," I find the hope I need...

What if this is what I really need?
What if what I want will bring harm?
What if my relationship with Christ requires sacrifice... more sacrifice than I had planned?

" 'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord..." (Jeremiah 29:11)

"My ways are higher than your ways..." (Isaiah 55:9)

Perfect for His glory in my life.

Deep faith comes through complete trust when our grip seems too fragile.


tanya @ truthinweakness said...

"What if this is what I really need?" (*gulp*)in most areas of life, my heart is willing to pray Thy will be done. but there are one or two areas where surrendering my desires, well, i don't know that i could continue to endure the deep pain that accompanies those areas as is. but i guess that's the whole point, isn't it? i don't HAVE to endure it -- b/c He is willing to carry the full weight of my pain FOR me. in fact, He WANTS to . . . oh, what a Savior.thank you for this, katie. thank you.

Alexandra Anne said...

It can be so hard to trust in Him completely; we say we trust Him and believe His plan is best, but when it comes to testing that, it is so hard! But God is good. He DOES have plans for us. I love that the rest of the verse says "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." We just have to trust Him. Even when we don't like the answer. 

Lori said...

Yes. Yes. and Amen. I have wrestled with this same idea. I have had my dreams taken away...only to have them given back in a different form. One He could use. Not my will, but His.
Keep up the God work.

Shelly said...

Great question Katie. One we all have to come to terms with at some point along the journey. And then learn to let go and trust. Hope you are doing well.

sarahkocischeilz said...

Oh Katie, how I struggle with this. We often use Jeremiah 29:11 flippantly, don't we? As if to say, "Everything's going to be great, God's going to do what you want!" And life isn't always that way. I've gotten some very painful no's from God, as well as some no's that are blessings in disguise. I'm facing a very tough situation right now where the answer is no and I yearn so badly for a yes. His ways are higher -- but not always easy to remember. Thank you for this challenging post today, friend. 

Positively Alene said...

Oh my, it's like you are writing what is in my head most days. What if it's a big fat NO! Thanks for the scriptures to remind me that His way are higher than mine. Blessings.

Laura @Pruning Princesses said...

Reminds me of Habukuk 3:17-18. The prophet so wanted God to take care of the country that was invading Israel......still he says
Though the fig tree does not bud 
   and there are no grapes on the vines, 
though the olive crop fails 
   and the fields produce no food, 
though there are no sheep in the pen 
   and no cattle in the stalls, 
 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, 
   I will be joyful in God my Savior.

Barbie said...

Oh yes.  I am quick to say, "Your will God. I say Yes".  I only hope and pray that if that leads me down a path I didn't intend to take, that I will remain in a place of trust and faith.  So important for me to abide in Him so that I will not be swayed when things don't go my way.


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