Dependence on God
|My mother reflects on the ways her plans did not work out how she expected, from her university experience to the pandemic, as my daughter makes her own college choice. We depend on God as we mourn with more families affected by tragic violence. I gratefully anticipate Jeff Trask’s teaching Sunday. May the love of Jesus sustain us as we trust him with the outcome of our plans. -Renée |
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. (Proverbs 19:21) A person’s steps are directed by the Lord. How then can anyone understand their own way. (Proverbs 20:24)
2020 has given me time to reflect. To consider how God has worked in our lives. The things we planned but were not able to do. The completely unexpected ways God has led us.
I wanted to go to UC Berkeley, but at UC Riverside I met Dave. We didn’t plan to get married, but we did. We started out for Alaska, but changed course for Europe. We planned to stay there, but couldn’t. We immigrated to Canada, but had to leave. We were not looking for God. But, in a tiny Montana town, He broke into our lives.
We visited a new church plant and purposed not to return. Every week God brought us back. Eventually, Dave pastored the church for 13 years. God led us to apartheid South Africa, a place we had not wanted to go. We established a multi-racial Christian school and taught there 7 years. Many came to Jesus. God brought us back to care for our parents. He had us work for an international ministry, and after 7 years, He took us out. We said we could never live in Bellevue. We’ve been here 15 years.
These things weren’t our ideas. We couldn’t do them ourselves. Difficulties abounded. Changing course was painful. But, always, over and over, God made it good. Jesus said the hairs on our heads are all numbered. He knows all about us. What’s good for us. What isn’t. How to bless us. How we are uniquely designed. When He brings a chapter of our lives to a close, He has a new one to begin. When He closes a door, He has a better one to open.
When I was young, I thought I was independent. But I can’t keep myself alive for a minute. My every breath depends on Him. We are dependent. He is dependable. Sheep need a shepherd to watch over them, care for them, guide them. We need Jesus, the Good Shepherd.
Depending, relying, trusting. Living by faith in Jesus. However, wherever He leads. That’s the best course. God’s plans for us are good. (Jer. 29:11) His will for us is good, acceptable and perfect. (Rom. 12:2)
Father God, You sent your Son for us. Thank You that we can trust You with our lives.
Jesus, You laid down your life for us. Not our will, but your will be done.
Holy Spirit, thank You for coming to us. May we be guided and empowered by You.
Gail (and Dave) Antrosio