Whether it is choosing a major or debating among two careers, each of us has faced uncertainty—the feeling of trekking up a mountain, surrounded by fog, wondering, Should I remain where I am or take a leap of faith? What if I make a wrong choice?
My second semester of college was a time when I felt pressured to make choices that would affect my future. So much, that I feared that if I made the wrong one, I would fall into the abyss of nothingness, completely missing God’s plan for my life. However, just when I needed it the most, my professor shared two things in my “Church in Mission” class that impacted me forever.
First he stated, “God’s will is not a tight rope.”
I blinked repeatedly as it dawned on me.
See, a person that walks on a rope is all on their own. It’s them against gravity—All odds are against them. That's why it’s a nerve-wrecking act in circuses. One wrong step and they become a laughing stock, lose their job, or even worse their life.
How dare we see our own lives as tight ropes? Of course, it’s normal to call out to God whenever we feel stuck and in doubt, but we are not to fear! We are not alone!
Everything changed for me when the professor stated his second point: “Jesus is our Good Shepherd.”
I lost it. I didn’t care that it was the middle of class. My eyes burned, so I bowed my head and made my desk my altar as God began to bring a familiar verse into my mind.
My whole life I had recited Psalm 23 in moments of trouble. But for the first time, I saw that Psalm 23 applies to life as a whole. It applies to every step we take.
1 The Lord is my shepherd;
I shall not want.
2 He makes me lie down in green pastures;
He leads me beside the still waters.
3 He restores my soul;
He leads me in the paths of righteousness
For His name’s sake.
4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.
5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
You anoint my head with oil;
My cup runs over.
6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
All the days of my life;
And I will dwell[a] in the house of the Lord
Whether you have a difficult choice to make or you feel stuck with no choices at all, let me remind you that God’s will is not something to be sought because it’s lost. God does not stand back and watch us run through the labyrinth of life, throwing us a hint here and there, hiding His will from us. In fact, God’s will is already at work right where you are. You are living it out as you love Him and serve His kingdom. God’s will is not a destination. Hear me—It isn’t a title, a degree, or a person, but a journey through green pastures, still waters, and sometimes dark valleys. However, you can rest because even if you do take a step where He doesn’t lead you through His word, through open doors, or through Godly counsel, it’s not over. The hook end of the staff is meant to drag the sheep back where they need to be. You can’t ruin His plan for you. As a good shepherd, He pursues you with goodness and mercy.
Whenever you feel as if He’s silent, arm yourself with faith and believe that He is leading you. To believe that you might “miss it” is to doubt in His ability and His goodness. If your desire is to obey Him, He will not forsake the opportunity to use you for the Glory of His name. He is always with you--before you, beside you, behind you, and above you-- and He always will be.
“Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:20-21
By: Areli Ortiz