This stage of his development reminds me of Proverbs 16:9 that says, "The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps." (ESV)
I tend to box my life and dreams in the way in which I plan it in my heart. I get disheartened when things don't turn out the way I planned them out in my mind. But God has a plan and He is the one who establishes my steps.
It can be so frustrating because we want fast results. But when you think about it, how amazing is it that we don’t have as much pressure about our life and our decisions because we know that God’s hand is in our every step? Ultimately He is the one who establishes our steps. Like a Father helping his child learn to walk, if we fall or our tentative plans leads us in the wrong direction, He will be faithful to establish our steps in the direction that is the absolute best for us. How amazing is that?!!!
It’s so comforting to know that I can make plans and dream- it’s important to take steps and pursue our dreams- and yet, ultimately, God will always be the one to open or close doors in our lives according to His will and what is best for us.
I love that I have a God who knows me and is so deeply and intimately connected to my life and what is best for me. Just as a small child has such a joy and trust as long as they are with their parents, I can be filled so much joy and trust that God has my back and that the life that the Lord allows to unfold will be good! He has our best interests at heart and will ultimately be able to use any and all of our life circumstances to bring more honor to His name.
Life isn’t easy. It isn’t easy to wait on His timing to see how and when He will establish our steps, but we can trust and take joy in our lives as we do our best to continue making plans and pursuing our dreams!!! Be filled with hope that He has a plan and that he will be sure to establish steps in your life that will ultimately lead to a more fulfillment and joy! Keep on making plans, but remember to rest and take joy in the fact that the Lord will establish those plans for your good and in the way that brings honor to His name!!!