What’s The Move?
I want to talk to you about a lesson that I learned. I just started working this new job and I’m excited about it because it’s bringing a stability that I haven’t had in a very long time. My specific tasks are consistent, the people are continuously kind and helpful; things are good all around. Everything is good except for my commute which is unsustainable. I was using ride share to get to work and spending almost $20 in either direction, every single day.
One solution I tried was using my transit option. 90 mins of traveling, 2 buses, 20 min walk home at the end. Now I’m sure this doesn’t sound bad but the walk at the end was on grassy land with trees and dead shrubs everywhere. It wasn’t the kind of place I want to be walking down. Still, because I was determined to save money and fix this part of my new job experience myself, I went and did this walk. I figured that as long as I get off work while the sun was still out, I should be fine. I couldn’t have been more wrong if I tried!
As soon as I got to the path I was meant to walk through, I immediately regretted my decision. Every fiber of my being wanted no parts of what I was doing and it felt like my body was fighting me with every step that I took. The ground underneath my feet felt terrible and the changing terrain left a lot to be desired. By the time the “walk” was over, I was sure I lost a part of myself in those grassy lands and vowed never to do that again.
Jesus used this detailed story to remind me about rushing and the consequences of moving before He gives the word to move. “Haste makes waste.” When we don’t allow God to show us the way in our lives and try to forge a path ahead for ourselves by ourselves instead, we end up in unwarranted and unpleasant situations. When we give our ‘yes’ to God, we are not only meant to make space for Him but also for His timing and His process.
Jesus knows us better than we know ourselves and always includes what we can handle while excluding what we can’t handle into every plan He orchestrates. I want to encourage anyone who is trying to make decisions without waiting on Jesus. Don’t do it. Don’t end up in the grassy lands regretting every step you take.
At times, waiting on Jesus can feel long and leave you thinking that you’d be more at peace if you did it your way. When things become like that, remember that Jesus won’t leave you in uncertainty or with regrets. For as Isaiah 55:9 NLT says “For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.” Til’ next time, adieu.