For me, callings are tricky.
I’m a girl who likes instruction manuals. Roadmaps. A well-structured step-by-step guide. Back-up plans to my back-up plan.
Receiving a calling from God, however, offers me none of the above. Instead, it requires a whole lot of faith to go “into the unknown” as Elsa from Frozen would say. And the unknown can often be a scary place to go.
Still, God calls us and asks us to trust Him. To take His hand and follow Him, even if we don’t quite understand where He is leading. In my own life, I usually don’t realize where God is leading me until I arrive. So, for a girl who loves her plans, I often have to remind myself of three important truths. Truths I hope can help you too.
1. God knows us better than we know ourselves.
Psalms 139:1-3 says that God knows our thoughts even before we think them, and He knows where we are going before we even plant our feet on the ground. Knowing this should give us the confidence we need to place our lives in His hands.
2. God will not leave our side.
Multiple times in scripture we are told God never leaves His people. So, while we may not always know where He is calling us to go, what He is calling us to do, or who He is calling us to witness to, we can trust that He will be right by our side. He never sends us into the unknown alone. He always goes with us.
3. God’s plans are always greater than our own.
In Isaiah 55:9 we learn that God’s ways are much higher than ours. This means that while we can only conjure up plans with our limited human ability, God can create plans for us from a Heavenly vantage point. How reassuring is that?
Sometimes our callings are clear, but often they lead us into the unknown. Still, we can find peace knowing that nothing is unknown to God. He knows what we are capable of. He will walk with us every step of the way. And His plans will always far exceed our own.
Has God ever called you into the “unknown”? What truths did He teach you along the way?