I’m a fixer.
When I see that something needs to be done, I do it. When I’m facing a problem, I need to find a solution to that problem ASAP. When things are uncertain, I need to know what the PLAN is to make things steady again. I literally cannot stand being in limbo. Sometimes I think this is a great trait to possess, while other times it feels like a handicap. I struggle to just be still and trust in the Lord’s provision or timing. When you are a fixer or a doer, you don’t always take the time to process and have the potential to make impulsive rather than sound decisions.
I’ve learned that it’s ok to push pause. We serve a sovereign God. Whether we are following in His steps or we decide to use our own GPS, His purpose will be fulfilled one way or another. Sometimes we are our own worst enemy when we try to rush through and “fix” things that either don’t need fixing or that need to be temporarily out of service for His greater purpose. Sometimes the obstacles in our way are actually His provision and protection. There is a lesson in everything that we encounter (good or bad), and if we choose to trust God for guidance, HE will show the WAY and HE will PROVIDE.
I can think of countless times where I have gotten impatient and thought that I could expedite God’s plan. Or stormed down doors that were not for me to open because I thought my timing was better. Every single time I got nowhere real fast. I have even audibly heard Him say to me before, “Diane, if you would just get out of the way, I can do MY work here.”
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the LORD.” Isaiah 55:8 (ESV)
Here’s the thing, we don’t need to see the whole picture at once. That’s His job. We only need to push pause and ask for the next step. Not the entire staircase, just light for the next step.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path” Psalm 119:105 (ESV)
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)
Next time that you are faced with an unknown path, remember to (in this order):
He doesn’t leave His children without a flashlight.
Diane Haupt is a stay-at-home wife and mother and serves on the board of directors for The Connection. She is a fellow sinner saved by the grace of God and is an active member of LCBC Church in Waynesboro, PA where she serves on the worship team. She has a passionate desire given by the Holy Spirit to mentor and disciple other women. You can email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.