Trusting God's Sovereignty One Step at a Time
- Jennifer Heeren Crosswalk Contributing Writer
- 2014 27 May
The Lord went ahead of them. He guided them during the day with a pillar of cloud, and he provided light at night with a pillar of fire. This allowed them to travel by day or by night (Exodus 13:21).
The Lord went ahead of the Israelites to show them the way. He only lit the path that was right in front of them though. He didn’t show them an exact map of the trip. I often want to see that map or the “why” before I move; but God seems to prefer when I just take each step as it comes. The “why” is often too big for my mind to fathom. That is why God breaks down his plan into small bite-size pieces or promptings.
Psalm 103:19 states that the Lord has made the heavens his throne and from there he rules over everything. God controls everything, whether by making things happen or by keeping the forces of darkness at bay. Sovereignty equals a controlling influence. Sometimes I fight this controlling influence because, let’s face it, I want to be in control of my own life. Doesn’t everybody? After all, that is why humanity fell back in the garden. Humans have a natural impulse to want control of their own lives and I am no different. Although I think I want to control everything, it is a better idea to have the One that can see the bigger picture do it. It is then that I can listen to the Lord’s calming influence and cease my fighting. Then I am better able to follow God’s prompts and life is richer and more rewarding.
God’s hand was all over the week that my father passed away. My father had been sick with lung cancer for quite a while and he was even under hospice care. Nevertheless, no one, including the hospice workers, thought that his last week would be his last week. However, God knew and orchestrated a week that brought as much peace as is possible when a death occurs.
The Sunday before, I impulsively bought frozen strawberry lemonades and brought them to my parent’s house. My dad, my mom, and I enjoyed them and had a nice afternoon together. When I left, everything seemed the same as it had been for the past few months.
On Monday, I bought a variety of yellow and orange marigolds and planted them in containers on my balcony. The flowers didn’t go to my parents’ place or anything but maybe God knew that I would need to see something cheery by the end of the week.
Tuesday, my brother, who lived about two hours away, decided to have his car worked on at a garage that was near my parents’ house. Therefore, while the mechanics worked on his car, he spent an unplanned afternoon with my parents. Normally, my brother only visited on weekends.
On Wednesday, my boyfriend at the time surprised my parents with a visit. My boyfriend lived twelve hours away. He asked them for my hand in marriage and my father was able to give his blessing.
Then on Friday night, my father passed away peacefully in his sleep. Family members were able to have final moments with him even though we didn’t know those moments would be final. Only God could choreograph a final week of life like that.
God can bring impulsive thoughts to us and sometimes we see the reason why. He may bring the thought of someone to your mind and want you to pray for him or her. He may give you an impulse to give someone a call. He may prompt you to invite someone to your home or simply out for coffee. God may even prompt you to write a poem or a song or even paint a picture that will bless other people. Whether or not these stirrings in your soul are from God, blessings will follow when you follow through with them and you may even see that there was indeed a divine purpose behind them.
Life is precious and unpredictable. It is often the little moments that make it special. One minute life is here and another minute it can disappear but God is trustworthy through it all.
Do you have a prompting in your head that God may have placed there? Why don’t you follow through? You may just bless others and yourself in the process.
Teach us to realize the brevity of life, so that we may grow in wisdom (Psalm 90:12).
Jennifer Heeren has always loved to write. For more than a decade, she has enjoyed writing encouraging blog messages. She loves to write things that bring people hope and encouragement. Her cup is always at least half-full. She regularly contributes to Crosswalk.com and has also been published on ChristianDevotions.us. She lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband. Visit her at www.jenniferheeren.com.
Publication date: May 27, 2014