Devotional: Navigating God’s plan

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly[a] with your God.

Micah 6:8 (NIV)

When I was in college, I lost a lot of sleep over trying to figure out God’s “perfect plan” for my life.

What if…I was supposed to be a missionary to China and went to Africa instead?

What if… I was really supposed to take that elective in gender studies, and I took the one in acting instead?

What if… my part-time job was supposed to be waitressing at Carrabba’s, and yikes, I took that one at Olive Garden! Oh, no!

I was sincere about not wanting to screw things up and about trying to get everything right.

I was so afraid that one wrong move would knock me squarely out of accomplishing God’s purposes and while I probably wouldn’t go to hell, God would not be so happy with me.

But in my (gulp) 15 years since college graduation, I eventually came to appreciate the freedom – and grace – God offers us in our daily choices. Yes, I believe there are some moments that God orchestrates purposefully and I don’t believe in coincidences.

I have come to believe that while God has specific tasks for me – that involve doing my best work as a wife, mom, sister, friend, citizen, employee, church member, writer, instructor and Malone community member – what he really requires of me is to act justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with Him.

While that is not always easy, it is simple. Even when I fail, however, God has the grace to help me get up and keep walking.

By Amber Balash

Categories: Opinion

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