I wrote a post when I first started blogging on Are you a striver? Below is an excerpt from that post.
I am a striver! If there is a problem I try and fix it. I love to learn, I love to read, and hence I have every self-help book known to man (not really but I have A LOT of them). When God convicts me or even if I myself recognize a problem, I pray a short prayer and go on my merry way trying to fix it. It’s not necessarily that I don’t think God won’t fix it. Probably more like I can fix it faster or I don’t need to bother God, he’s busy. Of course it’s not because I am a control freak, ugh!
When I started blogging I was just coming out of a deep dark hole and the scripture that God gave me when I started blogging was:
Isaiah 42:16 “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths will I guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them. I will make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do for them, I will not forsake them”.
Now as I’m looking back over the last 3 years, I can see where I’ve let God lead me and the times I’ve taken the control back over. It’s been a back and forth struggle. But isn’t that what life is? Two steps forward, one back. I’d love it if I could do it perfectly but “I” don’t want to do it. I want to follow Him!
Recently God gave me an awesome illustration of learning to follow His lead. This weekend my hubby and I took our twin boys to Treetops ski resort for their 16th birthday. While they were snowboarding we went to do some snowshoeing.
They let you snow shoe all over the golf course and it was beautiful. The snow was fresh and deep. At one point in our hike we came upon a huge hill. The scenery was beautiful.
Down below they had some trails so we decided to walk down the hill and hike along the cart trail. But before we went down I made sure he promised me we didn’t have to climb back up that huge hill.
We walked around awhile and then it was time to head back. We found a part of the hill that wasn’t as steep as the one we came down and started up it. I was leading and it was hard. The snow was deep and I was having a hard time breathing. I stopped for a few minutes and then let Jim lead out.
As I’m walking I notice that if I stepped into his tracks it was much easier. I heard in my spirit God say, “Barb, this is what following my lead looks like. Following is letting me lead and you walking in my footsteps. Following is me speaking to you through my word and you obeying what I ask.
It was amazing how much easier it was for me to go and follow in his tracks, than to make my own.
“I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths will I guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them. I will make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do for them, I will not forsake them”.
When we “follow” Him our walk through life will be easier and our burden lighter. Matt. 11:28-29 (I’m not saying life will be easy! I’m say it will be easier than trudging our own path and doing things on our own.) I do have to say it requires my brain to be transformed (Romans 12:2) because my natural flesh pattern says if you want something done, you do it yourself. You make it happen. But I’m learning He knows best!
What about you? Are a striver or a follower? The great thing is we can start over every single day!
Here are a couple other posts I’ve done recently that you might have missed.