(Watch the video, then proceed with caution.)
My life made so much more sense in Colorado. I loved my job and the people I worked with. I could clearly see the importance of what I did, and I was using my unique skills.
Not to mention, I had the mountains for snowboarding, my friends and family nearby, and I just love Colorado.
But God saw beyond me. To be more specific, He saw something within me. Something that needed to be developed.
God sees the end from the beginning, and He wants us to succeed even more than we do.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”—Jeremiah 29:11 | NIV
I could have easily said, “Well, I came to California like God told me to. He said to go and I did. But since there’s no program, I guess I’ll just go back to Colorado where I was doing fun and important things.”
If I would have done that, I would have missed so much.
God knows what He’s doing. Long obedience is living a life of trust. It’s doing something in a constant direction until the journey has been completed.
It’s not rushing. It’s staying the course. Not chasing any and everything that’s shiny. It’s being present in the moment.
Set the vision in front of you and press toward it until you’re told to stop. Otherwise you will miss the treasure God has waiting for you.
As I mentioned in the video, the thing that helped me when I was most confused was going back and reading the confirmation that I was supposed to move to San Diego.
So a simple yet important action is to take a moment to capture your thoughts.
If an artist had his paint equipment with him and saw a beautiful sunset that inspired him, he wouldn’t wait until he was home and just paint the sunset off memory. He would immediately take out his stuff and get to work capturing that sunset.
In a similar way, we should use moments of inspiration to paint visions for our lives. Next time you encounter inspiration, remember that you have your equipment with you to capture it. You have your phone. You can capture a video, voice memo, or just journal your thoughts. Be intentional to capture these moments of inspiration.
Remember, God wants you to succeed even more than you do. So be courageous. Follow the vision He’s given and will continue to give you. He’s leading you into something great that you will soon be able to see.