I don’t know about you, but I often find myself searching for the next destination in life. Rather than embracing the journey, I am constantly looking to see where I will end up and what the end result will look like. I have learned- or am still learning, rather, to accept the fact that I may never even see the final destination. At least not the one I had expected.
You see, life is more than just a race to get to the finish line. So many of us are trying to figure everything out for ourselves and set out to accomplish our goal. We believe that once we have reached that goal, everything will be great and we will have done all that there is to do. The truth is that God has so much more planned for us. He wants for us to grow and to use us as much as we allow for Him to. I am learning that He opens many doors for opportunities, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that we are meant to stay stagnant there forever either.
I explained it to a friend over lunch today as the wardrobe that leads to Narnia. God’s will for our lives is far more vast and imaginative than we could ever comprehend. We think we know what His plan is, but we can only see so much of it. We look at these closets and wardrobes wondering if our final destination will be on the other side of the door; meanwhile, He has amazing things waiting inside that open up to a new world. There is a whole journey waiting on the other side and not just one single destination. He wants for us to experience things, to encounter Him, to grow and to embrace the journey that He has set before us. Sometimes it is intimidating not knowing where we are going or what is going to happen, but the good news is that all we need to do is put our trust in Him.
In the last year or so, I really thought I had it all figured out. I thought that maybe I was going to be working in one specific area of ministry or that God wanted to use me for one particular purpose. I am beginning to see that a few of the open doors I have been presented with were merely experiences to help me expand my boundaries and were not meant to last forever. I have not reached that destination I was so sure I was going to reach; because it is all just a beautiful journey and I was created to serve Him the whole way through.