I love when a sermon at church sits with me and convicts me. The message from our sermon today has been with me, and I wanted to share some thoughts as we are moving into the last week of our prayer challenge.
For me, this challenge has been wonderful but difficult at times. This weekend, I have not been very good about setting specific time aside to spend in prayer with God. Weekends always seem to get me. I have also been struggling with trying to control the outcome and letting certain things get to me. It’s been a power struggle between myself and God, with me not fully trusting God’s plan. Thankfully, He is always pouring out grace over me and guiding me along the way. Today’s sermon was one of those moments.
God put a desire to write on my heart. It’s been there for as long as I can remember, but even more so since 2014 when I surrendered my life to God. I have been writing in journals and on this blog, thinking about different topics, and trying to plan out what I want to do. I am a planner, I like having things in order like that. However, when my plan doesn’t seem to align with God’s, I let myself get distracted and discouraged. Here’s the thing that really hit home for me today: God gave me this desire, and He will use it. On His timing and in His own way, but I need to fully surrender control in order to do that.
The truth? His plan for me is so much more amazing than what I can plan for myself. The truth? This is the same for each and every one of you. I challenge you today to read 1 Samuel 16. Today, tomorrow – read it at some point and fully take in God’s Word. God looks to our hearts. I want a heart like David’s. I need to surrender control and stop trying to control the outcome. I simply want to glorify God and praise Him for the wonderful ways He works in my life. This week, my prayer will be for God to work in my heart and renew my spirit. I’ll pray the same for all of you. Let us all surrender control to God and let Him do wonderful things in our lives!