Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Simple, Obvious, But Powerful: On Purpose Wednesday

la nuit blanche – not retouched
thanks, Dom Dada, Flickr
"I just can't figure it all out. I want to know what my purpose is. What I am here on earth for? I want to know God's plan for my life."

I hear this statement often as I counsel people. They are often perplexed and confused. I totally understand. I have been there and honestly, still find myself there from time to time. We all want to make sure that we are being obedient to God, that we are fulfilling the calling that He has placed on our lives.

A few weeks ago at a women's retreat, I was introduced to a new and wonderful song called "Come Away" by Jesus Culture. One of the verses says this:
I have a plan for you,
I have a plan for you,
It's gonna be wild,
It's gonna be great,
it's gonna be full of Me.

As I sang this song again this past Sunday morning, I was so focused on "the plan." I get so excited that God actually has a plan for me - a great and wild plan, how exciting!  So, what is this plan, God? And am I already on this plan? And then it hit me like a ton of bricks.  How I know that what I am doing is God's plan is not its wildness or its greatness. Because honestly there are a lot of plans that can be wild and great. The difference is that God's plan and purpose will always be full of Him. If I am caught up in a plan that is wild and great, but full of me, chances are it is not God's plan. Wow. What a simple, obvious, but powerful revelation.

Are you trying to figure out God's plan for your own life? Ask yourself, is this plan full of Him or full of me? If you struggles with this, I would love to know so that we can pray for each other! 

The song finishes out with, "Open up your heart and let Me in." Lord, if our plans and our hearts are full of ourselves, help us to open them up and let You in. Fill us, Lord, with You.

Unwrapping the gift of surrender,



Kimberly Wright said...

Beautifully said. I had wrestled with this greatly not too long ago. You put it into words perfectly, the plans need to be full of Him. I love that!

Sheila said...

I find myself often second-guessing myself so much when it comes to hearing God. Did He really say that? Am I just making that up? I wrote about it here. I think we need to remind ourselves that He does speak, and cling to those times that we have heard His voice. But it's hard!

Kelli Williams Wommack said...

Thank you, Kimberly. He is so good to give us what we need when we need it.

And, Sheila, thanks for stopping by and commenting. Good to know that we all struggle with second guessing our listening skills with God. I have found that the more I journal about the times that He has spoken, the easier it is to recognize His voice. Love your post about this as well. thanks for sharing.

Everly Pleasant said...

I just found this post through the She Facebooks page (or at least on FB) and I wanted to ask you if you're a counselor? I am considering getting my associates in Christian counseling (perhaps from Liberty University online) and was wondering if we could connect.

:) Everly

Shannon Milholland said...

Walking with God is a thrilling, wondrous, wild ride...where most of the fun is in the not knowing. Some days the not knowing feels more dread than thrill though.