God is my strength and power, and He makes my way perfect. 2 Samuel 22:33
Just what is “perfect?” When we hear that God makes our way perfect, what kind of images come up in your mind? Do you envision that perfect house, job, spouse? Do you envision perfect health and all the hassles and inconveniences of life melting away?
I don’t think that is what God meant when He said “perfect.”
I think God often views things as “perfect” in my life that I would otherwise label as hard, painful, or uncomfortable. I think the very things that mold me and make me into who He knows I can be, are the very things that are “perfect” for my life. It is those things that grow me as a believer and stretch me far beyond what I ever would have attempted in my own human power and vision.
Yes, I think some things I will never appreciate until I see them in hindsight or even possibly, not until I am in heaven. It is those very things that can change and transform my heart, protect me from choosing evil and diving into temptations that God may have placed in my life on purpose because He loves me so very much.
I don’t always see my life going down the path that I would have chosen for myself. Some of it is my own doing; but some of it is God’s. He is pulling and prodding me in a different direction so that He can make my way “perfect.”
It is one thing to ask God to show His strength and power on our behalf – something that we might do fairly often. It is another thing altogether to submit to His perfect plans for our lives if they entail suffering, heartache, disappointment, and frustration. But just because they COULD entail those things – doesn’t mean that they WILL entail those things. God loves us more than we can imagine. He often plants desires, gifts, and dreams in our heart so that He can use them for His kingdom. Let Him pull you where those passions carry you and allow Him to flourish and nurture them in your life.
Everyone’s life has its ups and downs. Its blessings, joys, hurts and trials. But you can guarantee, that through them all, there is great purpose and intention in each moment of them. For God is making your way perfect. He isn’t capable of anything less.
~ Dionna Sanchez