At twenty-one, with college degree in hand, I was living at home and carpooling to a summer internship with my dad. Not exactly what I had imagined for my post-university life. Not at all, actually. On my days off I would go on walks, listen to sermons, and pray continually for God to show me what to do. I was willing to go anywhere and do anything in order to fulfill His will for my life.
When the time came to decide who I was going to be and what I was going to do, I was clueless. More than that, I was stressed almost to my breaking point, fretting to find the elusive step-by-step guide to fulfilling God’s mysterious will for my life. Was I in the right place, at the right time, being the right person?
Mile after mile I walked that summer. Confused. Frustrated. Just clinging to the joy of one day at a time and praying He would light up a perfect path for my heart to follow as my feet traced paths around my hometown.
It would be almost a year before the “one-day-at-a-time” season came to an end. More than a year before I had a full-time job. But as I implored this gracious God day after day, He began to show me what was most deeply true about His will for my life. The more I searched out His Word, the more I began to find it.
And as I reached desperately for this well-known verse to make good on its promise in my life, something unexpected happened.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, in order that He might be the firstborn among many brothers.”
I knew the first part: God was working all things for good.
But the second part is key to understanding life: God’s good is that I am conformed to be like Jesus. What He wants is for me to look more and more like Jesus, for you to look more and more like Jesus, and for the world to increasingly see Jesus when they see us.
Why? Well, that was His plan from the beginning.
If we’re going to find ourselves as the right women, in the right places, and at the right times, we’ll have to understand why this is such a struggle to begin with. We have to know what God was doing in the beginning if we want to know what He’s doing from here on out.
This post is an excerpt from my new book, Simply Jesus, available on Amazon in both digital and paperback formats.