“May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.”
2 Thessalonians 3:5
Don’t you just love sitting in a movie with someone who talks TO the movie the whole time? They try to figure out the ending, they ask you questions, and spend the whole movie analyzing and agonizing over what they think will happen and why and who will end up together and will the bad guy get caught, etc.
You try to tell them to chill out and just enjoy the movie, and they can’t. And then you are distracted because they are distracted (and distracting!) and in the end, you don’t even remember what happens because you are so frazzled and just ready to get out of there!
I found myself in this exact place a few weeks ago, except I wasn’t at a movie. It was real life. I was sitting at my kitchen table and I was questioning the circumstances of my day – why did God allow that and do you think He means this? And maybe He let that to happen to show me this or that and maybe He is getting me ready to, etc.
Holy Spirit spoke to me in that moment and said, “Are you allowing your circumstances and the ways you think that I am moving to lead your heart…or will you LET me to lead?”
I thought back to how many times have I wasted my energy/thoughts/emotions on what “I think He is doing” or “how He should work”. It didn’t seem like I was hurting anyone; I was helping Holy Spirit “figure” out the details of my story…instead of just giving Him complete control of my heart, surrendering all, and letting Him lead.
And the Holy Spirit was so sweet to confirm His whispers to me; a few days later I picked up a devotional book I have had for years, and He had these words waiting for me: “Praise can free you from wasting your energies by speculating on just exactly how each circumstance in your life could be part of God’s plan. Through praising and thanking God, you put your stamp of approval on His unseen purposes. You do this not because you can figure out the specific whys or hows, but because you trust in His love and wisdom.”
You know what He promises when we allow Him to lead our hearts…a full understanding and expression of the love of God. YES!!! Letting Him lead my heart brings rest. Letting Him lead brings fullness, and understanding. Letting Him lead, leads me to love. Letting Him leads replaces my “what-if-this-happens” with “He-wrote-the-story-from-beginning-to-end-and-He-knows-the-end-of-my-movie.”
We praise you Father that you are patient with us. That you walk with us in the seasons of our lives where we don’t know the ending, and you allow us to talk through our questions, and you lovingly tell us to chill out and enjoy. We praise you Father that you declare over us that our hearts are safe under your leadership. And we praise you and thank you that you will bring it to completion.
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Today’s post was written by Melissa McCasland. A long-serving member of New River, she generously shares her words from God with others. Visit the blog often to see more authors from the New River family!