By Melanie Schneider
Sometimes I simply don’t know what the next step is and don’t know what the right decision is. During the time when Jesus was not yet the Lord of my life, I used to weigh the pros against the cons. That mixed with a little intuition and there was my decision. Now things work differently, because when I gave my life to Christ everything changed.
Even in this world, when you give somebody a gift, you usually don’t keep certain parts of it for yourself. When you gift somebody a plant, you don’t cut some roots off and keep the flowerpot. Similarly, doesn’t giving our life to Christ mean that we give him our everything; all thoughts, all our relationships, all our possessions, our conduct and our decisions? I realized that I hadn’t fully done that. There were things that I still wanted to handle on my own and I didn’t really allow God to come into these areas and that was a mistake.
Even if we have some ugly sides, hidden secrets or insecurities and imperfections, leaving Jesus out is never a wise idea. Think about it: Who can be a better advisor, comforter and helper and with whom can you ever share your struggles in a more secure way? Who is better in managing your life: you yourself or your heavenly Father who manages the whole universe? When are you more likely to bear fruit: when your life is in your hand or when it is in God’s mighty hands?
The issue is that we don’t always understand what God is doing with us and why things happen. But that’s fine. His thoughts are greater than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). As He is faithful (Psalm 86:15) we can simply trust him, even when we don’t know where a road leads us. Nevertheless, trusting Him is sometimes easier said than done, especially during the difficult seasons.
Visualize your life as a boat on a river with a complex number of streams which all lead to different lakes, seas and oceans. You are the captain of your boat, so you are responsible for determining the direction. However, we can decide to hand the control of our boat over to Jesus who is better able to steer the boat in the right direction.
He knows that some of the beautiful wide streams are actually blocked by fallen trees ahead. Who is more qualified to be the captain than He who created the river and the streams and the oceans and all living creatures in them? Who is more likely to securely steer the boat through the gigantic storms to come than the One who can walk on water?
What God taught me was that I don’t have to walk through life alone anymore. He walks with me and holds my hand every step of the way. I don’t have to decide alone which way is the right way. God already knows the way and as a loving father He is more than willing to guide us so that we don’t slip and fall. I don’t need to keep a hand on the steering wheel to be able to correct the course, because who am I that I can make better decisions than God.
“A man’s mind plans his way [as he journeys through life], but the Lord directs his steps and establishes them. “ (Proverbs 16:9, AMP)
God bless you!
P.S. About the author: I met Melanie in 2016. She comes from an atheist background and from a family that not only rejects God but taught her in her childhood why the Bible is wrong. She had no family members or friends who knew Jesus. When she moved to a different city to attend university she met someone who told her about God. At first she was greatly annoyed but she also noticed something different about that person. One day that person played “Above All by Michael W. Smith” for her and it changed her life. She decided to give God a chance. She decided to Google about the existence of God and found a pdf with 55 reasons on why God is real. At the end of the pdf was a prayer of salvation which she prayed and then went to bed. The next morning when she woke up, the first thing she saw was bright light! Somehow she felt lighter, as if a burden was lifted off her. She felt peace and the world looked more beautiful and bright.
Since then she has been on a journey to know Jesus more. Jesus has turned her into a completely different person and gave her a new heart. Her life went from hopeless and dark to peaceful, bright and hopeful and she says she wouldn’t trade Jesus for anything in the world.