“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater, so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:10-11
Have you ever been in a situation where you feel the weight of the world on your shoulders? The decision at hand, a passage to defining your future, hinges on you, and there are so many details to consider that your mind is scurrying rapidly to answer each one? Simply put, it seems impossible - to make the right decision, but also to deal with the outcomes of it.
I recently lived this situation. I had a decision to make and a very on-the-spot deadline in which to make it. My heart desperately wanted to make the right one, to obey God’s plan for me, but with all of the details to consider, it was quite overwhelming.
Thankfully, I have some incredible people in my life. Most of which I met at camp! I was told to make a pros and cons list, to listen to my heart, to trust my gut, to pray about it. All helpful and not helpful at all in the same breath. In this decision, I was asking for all the help I could get! Truth is though, the more I talked about it, the more I prayed about it and the more I asked for prayers, the more I panicked. But at the end of the day, all I could hear was “I think God’s got this. You have to believe He’s got this!”
“God’s got this.”
It’s like a huge wave came over me and went WHOOSH, and all of the anxieties over details and frantically wandering thoughts went still. They were replaced with a peace, the kind that transcends our understanding.
There are countless things in this world—decisions, problems, tasks, responsibilities, cases, people—that seem to be impossible. And yes, with just us in control, they are. But God has proven too many times His capability to do the seemingly impossible for us not to consult with Him or trust in Him on everything!
To assure us further He says that, “‘My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts’” (Isaiah 55:8-9). Our capacity to think and to do are limited; there are countless ways that we can come up short. But God’s ways, His thoughts, are so much greater than ours. We cannot even fathom it; our minds cannot grasp it. One of my greatest fears has been that I might get in God’s way. That I might make the wrong decision and then I’ll have to pick up and mend all of the wreckage I’ve caused because of it. Ha!
I think I think too highly of myself—to think that I can get in the way of the Almighty God?! For He goes on to say in Isaiah, “As the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.”
God spoke us into being; therefore, He will achieve through us what He purposes to achieve. We cannot get in the way of that. Trust and believe that God’s got this, whatever the “this” might be.
Lakyn Muilenburg - VLM Alumni 2014-2017