Orange, pink, gray – loved those running shoes. Couldn’t wait to put them on. Laced up, stretches done and off I went. Enjoying the perfect stride – felt great! Three weeks later – orange, pink and gray didn’t feel like the perfect fit. Blisters on my toes and aching feet left my stride on the sidelines. No matter how much I tried to rescue my wounds and start over, I got hit with the same results – those shoes just didn’t fit my feet.
Ever experienced the perfect opportunity? From a distance, we thought it was a match made in heaven – the best fit for us. Seemed easy enough. We got this one covered. Felt great sliding into someone else’s shoes. Until weeks later when decisions are made, challenges are faced and our skills are put to the test. How did something that appeared so easy become so complicated?
We’ve all probably navigated the journey of taking on what perhaps God never intended. On the surface, we could handle it all but underneath it was never ours for the taking. Regardless of our abilities, our strengths, our training – there are some things that God simply wants us to pass on. It might look like the right fit. We may love the thought of tackling the task. Perhaps, we can’t wait to leave one to pursue another. But if it’s contrary to God’s perfect design, then we might found ourselves wounded and sidelined or overwhelmed and desperate for relief.
Solution – weigh every open door on bended knee. Seek out God’s direction even if others invite us to dive in. Purify our motives before we grasp that great opportunity. And humbling accept what God reveals is best.
“Sweet Jesus help us to discern when You are stretching us versus those times when we choose to take on something You never intended. Help us to surrender to Your leading regardless of our own desires.”
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