Today I was doing my Bible study ‘He Speaks to Me’ by Priscilla Shirer‘ and I came across a part that really struck me. It was about emotion and how we can get really excited about things and allow our emotions to get in the way. It talked about how sometimes we get so caught up in our emotion that we may say yes to a project that the Holy Spirit hadn’t planned for us to participate in at that time.
I am not sure that I ever thought of this before, but now that I have read this, I can see how true that could be. I also know how easy it is to feel flattered when someone asks me to do something and there have been times that I just wanted to immediately say yes. I can also see how there may be times when we weren’t even asked to be a part of something but we might try to finagle our way in because we really want to be a part of it. And then we also have those times that we may invite ourselves just because we think we are the only one who could possibly do it right.
I then had the thought….If it’s not God’s plan for me to participate and I decide to participate anyway what could the consequences end up being?
If God has a plan for each and every one of us and we are off doing things that he didn’t plan on us participating in, who is going to do what he has planned for us to do? Also who might we be pushing out of the way that God had planned to be there in the first place?
Are we capable of messing up the God’s plan? Or slowing it down? Or does God just rethink his plan eventually allowing us to see in the end that we were not where we were supposed to be and allow us to learn a lesson the hard way.
I am a little embarrassed to say that there have been times that I have jumped in where God did not plan for me to be… and I have done this on more than one occasion.
I think we all have times that we really want to be a part of something we were not supposed to be a part of or we think our way is the best way of doing something. But the truth is we need to pray about everything we do, AlWAYS. Period. Because God’s way is the only way that will work in the end.
Unfortunately there are going to be times that we may want to be invited, but will realize that we were not invited by the Holy Spirit to participate; and those are the times we need to just step back and let go.
Each and every one of us has a job to do, and sometimes the first part of that job may be to just let go. I have a feeling that once we let go and realize we were not invited to that project, we will soon find out we were invited somewhere even better than we could have ever have imagined.
Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight
Have a wonderful day,
9 thoughts on “Was I Invited?”
Just amazing !!!!!
God’s plan – and timing – are always better than our own, even when we don’t think so at the time.
Yes it is 🙂 Thank you for coming by!
I can identify… especially about the fact that we feel good that we are asked to do something; and if we don’t take the time to think or pray about it, we’ll be doing it for the wrong reason … I was asked a few months ago to participate in the church in a certain capacity… I’m already doing some things and so I did take the time I needed and declined for now… and I had a peace about it… Diane
I am so glad you prayed about what you were asked to do. Isn’t the peace wonderful when we do what we know we are supposed to do? Its like the peace is the reassurance that we chose the right thing. Thank you for sharing Diane.
Wow, this is so true, Terri! I am slowly learning to stop and pray before jumping in and saying yes to things. It’s far too easy to take charge of my life and activities, but I’m learning that He knows better than I what I am capable of and what I should be about on any given day. Nicely worded!
That’s another good reminder! I think by saying yes too often, we can miss out on rest and time with God. Thank you!