I thrive on planning ahead and being in control. While typically these character traits serve me well, devastation results when plans unravel and life spins out of control. In those moments, there’s only one thing to do: hold on and follow the One who saves.
I’ve always known God’s presence and been His Follower. But whether you’re a planner or a go with the flow type of person, there will be times when life is beyond our control. Maybe it’s the frightening sense of the rug slowly and relentlessly being tugged out from under you. Or it’s the sudden phone call changing the course of your life. I’ve experienced both types of life altering, unmanageable moments. In the midst of them, I clung to my Savior.
When sudden news changed all my plans, my first thoughts turned to God. As the proverbial rug was slipping, I prayed and held onto Him. He carried me through my detoured life course and tattered plans to a new path.
Grieving losses and trying to find a new path forward, I sensed God giving me one of the first steps. “Go” was His message as I watched an invite to a medical mission trip to southeast Asia. “Really? I’ve never done this and I don’t even like Chinese food!” was my silent reply. But I knew. He who carried me to this path was asking me to go. I didn’t want to. But I did, because He said so. I knew my ever present God would never leave me. So I went. And it changed my life.
Trusting God on the mission trip gave me a renewed confidence in following. Each step of following led to the next. Soon He called me to another opportunity. Starting a business helping people with their memory amid another uncontrollable circumstance was a huge leap. It seemed like the wrong time. I wanted to write and control the uncontrollable. But again I listened because He said so. My life and many others have been immensely blessed because of it.
Fast forward to today. None of what I am doing was anything I ever planned. But when I let go and followed Him, His plan became mine. I learned God’s plan is grander than anything I could ever imagine. I learned I can’t control everything nor do I want to any longer. And one of the most important things I learned was wellness isn’t all about our body or our mind. It begins in our soul.
I hope to encourage you along your path to wellness too. Join me as we challenge each other in a Spring into Wellness Challenge April 18-May 14. I’ll offer tips, encouragement and strategies via email on mind wellness on Mindful Mondays, body wellness on Wellness Wednesday, soul wellness on Thoughtful Thursday and fun wellness tips each Spring Saturday.
I followed when He said so. I didn’t always want to, but this following led me to places and experiences I never dreamed possible. I’d love to share some of what I’ve learned with you. Please join me as we challenge each other to a deeper form of wellness. Check out the Spring into Wellness Challenge page for details and sign up. Do it for yourself to find your own unique path to wellness. But even more, do it because He said so.
Linking up with Suzie Eller at #liveFree, Susan Mead at #DancewithJesus, Dawn Klinge at #GraceandTruth, Kelly Balarie at #RaRaLinkup, Holley Gerth at #CoffeeForYourHeart and Jennifer Moye at #Jesus&Coffee