DO YOU TRUST YOUR JOURNEY?
Do you trust your journey? Are you trusting the one who directs your steps? Trusting your journey is to live a life of faith, believing in God’s promises.
“If you believe you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.” Matthew 21:22 (NIV)
Our Journeys are Unique to Each of Us
Our journeys are individual to each of us. My journey will not look like your journey and your journey will be unique to you and your purpose. There may be similarities, but we are each made unique by God to fulfill His purpose for our life. Although we may at times feel alone, we are not (God is always with us), and we must trust in the process.
Why is it so important to have faith and trust? As we begin our journey, it may take many years to see our vision or dreams fulfilled. Take Sarah for example, barren and feeling hopeless, her impatience gets the best of her, and her faith begins to waiver. Taking matters into her own hands, she plans and directs the promise God spoke to her husband. She even went as far as involving her husband in her plans, creating turmoil and strife within her family. Although her intentions were not to harm anyone, she caused a lot of grief for many generations due to her disobedience.
When We Begin to Doubt
Many of us begin our journey with excitement and joy. As the miles add up and the time goes by, we may begin to shift our focus from our journey to our friend’s journey. It may seem as if we are not making any progress or perhaps the challenges are getting the best of us, so our thoughts begin to fill with doubt and the excitement wanes. We are no longer looking ahead with joy because we have allowed our circumstances to steal our joy. We’re comparing our journey and progress with someone else’s and their journey looks better. Maybe it’s because they are further along or achieving what we desire to achieve. Discouragement sets in, and we want to quit, to give up. The fun is over, and now there’s nothing but mountains to climb and barren wastelands to walk through. We begin to feel like the Egyptians in the desert roaming around in circles complaining about how things used to be (been there, done that).
Our Strength Comes from God
I wish I could share that I’m forever faithful, but I would not be telling you the truth. I remember the five and a half years it took me to complete my doctorate. I wanted to quit the doctoral program so many times. The meltdowns, the tears, the declarations of “I can’t do this anymore” run through my mind (it wasn’t pretty). Thankfully, I had a few friends who had been there and done that in addition to my husband and sons who encouraged me and reminded me just how far I’d come. Like the Egyptians, my faith was lacking, and when your faith begins to decrease, the grumbling and whining get louder!Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ Hebrews 13:5 (KJV) Click To Tweet
Relying on God for strength and perseverance combined with the encouragement and support of my husband, sons, and friends, I completed my doctorate. It was a long process but it didn’t need to be as grueling as it was, as soon as I allowed my faith to waiver, my confidence decreased. Based on my experience, I encourage you to reach out to God for strength and reach out to your biggest supporters for encouragement when your journey begins to derail. Our strength comes from God and the fellowship with other believers, our stories bind us together. Our stories empower us in our journey. You never know who God has placed in your life that has walked the path before you.
Trust in Your Journey!
Whether you are in a new position, the middle of your grad studies, working on a vision or embarking on a new chapter in life, trust in your journey. Do not allow discouragement or a lack of faith to derail you, it’s a process. And, should your thoughts begin to fill with doubt, fill your mind with God’s promises and trust in your journey!
“Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NLT)
Are you on a journey that seems to have taken a detour and you are no longer sure you’re heading in the right direction, God’s direction? Share your story below or reach out to me via email. My passion is to encourage, equip, and empower women in their journey just as I have been encouraged, equipped, and empowered in my journey!
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