Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.
God lead me to this verse around this time last year. It was then that He planted the idea of being a writer in my heart. Just after I had quit my final teaching placement – just after I had hit rock bottom.
Now that I look back, that rock bottom was the best thing that has ever happened to me. It was in that moment that I had finally surrendered my own plan for my life and accepted to have faith in His plan.
He told me to write. In doing that, He planted the tiniest seed in my heart. After that moment, it was my responsibility to water it. I decided to journal every day and to start a blog. I started a writing course with Penguin and wrote for a children’s magazine once a month.
Obviously over the past year I’ve done my research and realised how almost impossible it is to publish your own book. How difficult it is to make money from writing. The majority of my close friends and family have suggested that I look for another job alongside writing because what if this doesn’t work out? What if the odds aren’t in my favour? What if nobody wants to read my writing, let alone a publisher want to put it on the shelves?
Today I looked at this verse again with fresh eyes.
God is saying that He wants me to acknowledge the fact that I can’t do this on my own. I need Him in order to pull this off. He’s saying that if I acknowledge Him in all His ways – that He is faithful, a provider and a God of miracles – that He Himself will go before me and make my path straight. When it’s dark and I can’t see the path ahead of me, He will shine His light and hold my hand. That when I trip, He will be there to catch me and steady me on my feet again.
He’s saying that I need to forget my own understanding. I need to stop looking at my dream through my own limited human eyes and to stop seeing all the things that are bound to get in my way. Instead I need to remember who is making my path straight – the One who parted the red sea, the One who fed the five thousand, the One who planted this seed in my heart.
He’s telling me to step into a faith that I will never truly understand. He’s telling me to look past the doubters who are telling me it’s never going to work and to look to Him and everything that He can do.
I think God makes things impossible for us so that when we get to our destination we have no choice but to give all the glory to Him.
I want to encourage you today with that dream you’ve had in your heart for way too long. Through God, you can do it. Acknowledge Him in all your ways, don’t lean on your own understanding. He will make your path straight. Love and honour the dream He has placed in your hands. Water it with faith every day. Go do what God has called you to do.