A group of close friends and I get together every year for a vision board party. As I was recreating my vision board for 2020, I remember becoming flustered because I had not filled up every bit of space available on my corkboard. As I searched and searched for more to put on there, my friend’s aunt took notice of my scrunched eyebrows and pensive stance.
She then asked why I was so deep in thought. I explained that I needed to fill up the entire board. Then she proceeded to ask me a question that still echoes in my heart and mind today, “Are you leaving room for God?” Her words hit my heart like a pebble hitting a pond. The ripples started to permeate my thought process and challenge my pensiveness.
Little did I know that question would begin to shine a light on an unprecedented, unexpected, most challenging year I had ever encountered. All my plans were turned upside down. After reviewing my vision board at the end of 2020, I noticed that I only achieved two of my original goals. However, there were quite a few blessings and miracles that occurred this year that were not on my board.
I know many of us are glad to be done with 2020 and have high hopes for the year we now stand in. We have purchased our shiny planners, casted our vision, created our goals for this new and hopeful year—2021.
Friends, I want to pose the question to you that was posed to me: “Are you leaving room for God?”
Proverbs 16:9 (TPT): Within your heart you can make plans for your future,
but the Lord chooses the steps you take to get there.
We can create our plans. We can even print them out and post them all over our walls. He is only obligated to fulfill what is within His will for our lives. He orders our steps. He works out and is responsible for the finite details—who, what, when, where, why, and how. Our job is to trust Him, even when it looks like He is taking us down a road that is opposite of the way we envisioned our plans unfolding.
I can be super rigid when it comes to planning and wanting things to happen just as I planned them (please, no surprises or deviations). What I have learned over the years is that my plans, my ways, my goals are always, always, always smaller and narrower than what God had in mind. As Isaiah 55:8-9 reminds us—His ways are not ours, His thoughts are not our thoughts. His ways and thoughts are higher than ours (and that is a good thing!).
I am so very thankful for the doors that I wanted open, but he so lovingly shut. I am still flabbergasted by the doors that I did not even think would open and he so graciously swung them wide open. I now know that God loves to blow our mind. He loves to knock our socks off with His ability to do the impossible.
He is not limited to our current circumstances, messy past, small bank accounts, our lack of qualifications, or all the excuses that we feel hinder us. His immutable, unlimited power resides on the inside of us. Alone we can accomplish very little. In Him, we can accomplish all things.
I encourage all of us to plan—write the vision and make it plain (Habbakuk 2:2). Find accountability partners so you can share your vision and goals. Make sure you have you soaked (as my grandmother would say) your plans in prayer.
Friends, most of all, let us not be so married to our plans that we become crushed at the slightest change or necessary pivot. Let us intentionally and willingly leave room for God.
In Your Life
Challenge: during your quiet/alone time each day, commit your plans to God. Ask Him to interrupt them if necessary. Ask Him to show you any part of your heart that has or is resisting His guidance and direction.
- Discerning the Voice of God by Priscilla Shirer
- Breathing Room by Sandra Stanley
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Latasha Ferguson is a fire-lighting speaker, writer, ministry leader and podcaster at the Overcome to Become podcast. Her heart beats for empowering women to overcome anything that dares to stand in between them and who God has created them to be. She’s married to her best friend and mom to four beautiful girls.
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