Friday, September 19, 2014

Proverbs 16:9

It is easy as students to get caught up in the every day things life in college brings us.  I openly admit to allowing the daily duties of class, work, and socializing to define me. I routinely make a “to-do” list and gain too much satisfaction from crossing things out one by one.  As students we come across trials that seem mountainous, but in reality they will eventually plateau into oblivion if we only give it time. 

Your problems, like mine, are probably not as big of a deal as you make them seem.  Proverbs 16:9 says, “In his mind a man plans his course, but the Lord directs his steps.”  You think of the “course” you have planned in your head and you have convinced yourself that if you do not follow the steps you have also planned in your head that success is unattainable. Yet maybe the Lord is encouraging a different path.  Two roads may arrive at the same place, but perhaps he wants you to take the one you were timid about taking: the sorority you didn’t think you would join, the major you didn’t think you would change, the friend you didn’t think you would mesh with, the life path you never considered.

You see, there is a bigger painting and we all have the issue of focusing on the individual brush strokes.  You may not notice it now, but the Lord has the brush strokes taken care of; He has the materials, the paint, the people you need.

The course you have planned in your head is certainly your concern, but your individual steps are His.  If He takes you down a different path, then relax and enjoy the adventure. Keep things in perspective.  And take lots of pictures along the way.