Life. It is what you make it. But sometimes it goes against every fiber of your being to make it what you want. Sometimes it means really hard work, sleepless nights, and suffering the physical manifestations of stress as you’re uncertain of the future. Other times it means enduring great sacrifice.
One if the hardest things I’ve ever had to do was sacrifice something good to wait for or pursue something greater. But if it’s good, why must I sacrifice it?
We see this concept depicted throughout Jesus’ life on earth. He would constantly sacrifice something that was not inherently bad, for something that had a bigger, greater good in it.
One small example was when he was sitting talking with the woman at the well. As she went back to Samaria to collect others to bring back to Jesus, his disciples tried to get him to eat. He needed nourishment. We all need food. It’s good for us to eat. But he told them he didn’t want the food. Something better was coming. Soon, a multitude of people came to hear about the living water that he had just told the Samarian woman that he could provide. Suddenly an entire city heard a message of love and life.
Throughout our lives we will come upon decisions that will either result in something bad, good, or better. We may have to analyze jobs, lifestyles, and even relationships. There may be nothing bad about any of them, but God may have something even better in store for you. You must be willing to listen to his voice as he directs you.
I, for one, am very guilty of living my daily life, maintaining relationships, and pursuing my goals without analyzing if they are the best thing God has for me. But this is where my alone time with him is so invaluable. As I give him opportunity to speak into my life, he guides me and lovingly shows me where he wants me to continue pruning so that I may grow into the strongest, best version of me that I can be for Him. The process can hurt. But if you’re willing to listen and submit, the outcome will be incredible.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”
Isaiah 55:9 NIV