Figuring out the future is a No…. No…

Figuring out the future is a no no and in my life was actually an idol.

As we were listening to the message on idols this past weekend I wondered

“oh what are my idols?”

We all have those things that can slip up and take their place ahead of God. And because they are disguised as “good things” we don’t always notice what they are right away. Thankfully we serve a good God and He will show us if we care to ask Him.

I started to pray and “try to figure out what my idols were”

“Is it sugar?”
“is it coffee?”

I said to myself, wondering what mine were.

I headed to the front to pray, it is where you can usually find me, praying on my knees, not sure what to do once again. Some might think I am saying this to make myself sound super holy, but the truth is, I am telling you this because it is just how desperate I am on a regular basis.

I was praying to God, I wanted to know what my anxious heart was all about and I kept hearing this phrase over and over again in my mind.

“Trying to figure it out”
“Trying to figure it out”
“Trying to figure it out”

All the sudden it was clear, my idol and my pride was in the fact that I was “trying to figure it out”. Figure out what you may ask? EVERYTHING, including my idols.

1. What was my next step in my career?

2. Who is my future husband?

3. Who are the false prophets?

4. When is the world going to end?

5. What is my calling in life?

6. How is God going to save all the people I love?

I mean friends, I could go on and ON about the other 19 things I was wondering about, I was running scenarios through my head like you wouldn’t believe trying to figure out what might happen in this scenario what might happen in that scenario. As the English would say, I was driving myself MAD.

Proverbs 3:5-6 English Standard Version (ESV)

5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart,

and do not lean on your own understanding.

6 In all your ways acknowledge him,

and he will make straight your paths.

Trusting God is not trying to figure things out, it is praying, asking for His wisdom moment by moment, surrendering to His ways each step, trusting that He knows the end from the beginning and that He will not leave you or forsake you.

I know it sounds completely ridiculous in the “real world” get a job Lindsay how hard can it be, just pick a guy for goodness sakes YOU ARE GETTING OLD, but see that is the lie, we can do that, but we can choose to trust our perfect Heavenly Father that wants us to walk by His Spirit, with His Son (our Savior) Jesus without fear or worry. Is it hard, TOTALLY, but is it what He calls us to ABSOLUTELY.

Do I have it figured out, NO, remember He suggested not to “try to figure it out”.
I know it’s hard right.

It was crazy because I seriously thought ‘oh it is probably sugar or coffee’ and He was like NO GIRLFRIEND (ok maybe that is my overly dramatic interpretation of what He said) but He said, “no, you keep trying to figure everything out and that is your idol”.

I am not totally suggesting this is your idol, that is between you and the Lord.

But an interesting thought I hope for lots of you!

Love always,

2 Comments on “Figuring out the future is a No…. No…

  1. I really enjoyed this post.. I love your blog, and we have the same idol lol. Keep writing 🙂

    • You are so darling, thank you. I truly appreciate it! And no more idols for us, we can trust our Heavenly Father! BLESSINGS!!!

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