Yep, it’s a cross-walk.
When you walk across a cross walk, do you stop a few feet in? Or go halfway across and then turn back? Of course not. You commit, you step out, you walk across.
Oh if only it was that easy when it comes to life’s decisions. While I always pray about big decisions, and TRY to remember to turn things over to the Lord, once I actually step OUT, I question Him! I walk so hesitantly, I want to turn around…or step back when things are uncomfortable. And NEW things are ALWAYS uncomfortable. Why do I do this, time after time? Well, simple answer: I’m human. I start thinking I’m in control of my own life and it’s all up to me. Nope.
Last night I reminded my son that he needed to make a sandwich for his lunch, that way he wouldn’t be in a hurry in the morning. And then I reminded him again. And then just IN CASE he didn’t hear me, or realize the value in my suggestion, I reminded him again. This morning, I heard him running around like crazy trying to get out the door to school on time. And he didn’t take his lunch. Because he was going OUT to lunch with his friends. It’s just like me to focus so hard on the one dumb little detail, the sandwich. Oh my gosh, the world will END if you don’t make your sandwich RIGHT NOW. Well, the sandwich didn’t matter, because it wasn’t part of the plan. How many times do we do this in our lives with God? We pray about one thing, and then remind Him again and again about how things need to go. What if that one thing isn’t part of the plan? And there’s actually something WAY BETTER than a sandwich?
They call it “stepping out in faith” for a reason. It’s. Not. Easy. On a human level. But we have to remember that He knows the plan. He knows the discomfort we experience when we don’t know the exact path, and all of the ups and downs we may encounter. You know how they say “Enjoy the ride?” Kinda hard to enjoy a ride when you’re focused on every little problematic scenario that MIGHT arise.
Now. Now I’m ready. I’m striving to get out of my own head. To step out in faith, cross the street, and every other street He puts before me. To stop being wrapped up in dumb little details that don’t matter. Friends, Jesus LOVES us! That’s what matters! He has CHOSEN us. He has a PLAN for us. If only. If only we’ll stop worrying about the sandwich.