One of my favorite worship songs states, “simple obedience, changes history.” I love it for a lot of reasons, one of them being how the singer states that obedience is simple. Yet, in reality when we’re asked to do something that is challenging, or something we don’t want to do, it suddenly becomes not so simple.
As you know now, I am transferring to a different school, moving to a new state, and pursuing a career that is the complete opposite of what I originally planned on doing. Although now I am ecstatic and couldn’t be happier to be going, it wasn’t always like that.
If there’s one thing I’ve learned this year, it’s that God doesn’t mind throwing all of your plans right out the window at some of the most inconvenient of times.
For me it was the first few months into college, when God decided to wreck my plans. During a night of prayer and quiet time, I asked Him to show me what it was He wanted me to do/pursue and He responded with: “How many more times do I have to show you to pursue worship and ministry for you to do so?” My initial thought, snap, I’m sorry. My response: Okay, well what does that look like? His response: Highlands College
Immediately my answer was one giant, NO. I wanted a four year university, I wanted to stay in Nashville. Ministry school was not in my life plans. So I told God, that His idea was awful, and that I would pursue ministry right where I was. Win, win situation right? I pursue what He wants me to pursue, and I stay where I want to stay. Yeah, cool…solid plan, Heather.
Well big surprise, my plan failed. The feeling about Highlands wouldn’t leave my heart and I couldn’t sleep or focus because it flooded my mind constantly. Finally out of pure irritation I told God while driving to work, “Okay listen, if this is what you want from me, I’m gonna need a sign because there’s no way in heck I’m going to move to Birmingham, Alabama and go to Highlands if not.” Well, not even minuets after saying that, car after car came driving past me and pulling in front of me…all of them having Alabama license plates. The only parking spot I could find once I got to work was between two Alabama license plated cars. During work, person after person told me about how they were from Alabama. What the heck were these people doing in Nashville? GO HOME, I thought. Of course, because I’m so stubborn I didn’t take this as a sign that Highlands was in my future. So, with one big grand finale, I received a call from a friend stating, “Hey girl, been praying for you and I just had this peace about Highlands come over me for you.” Okay God, I hear you. You can stop showing off now, I get it.
Why God? Was all I could think after that moment. Why would you lead me to my dream school, to take me away and lead me into something that I never imagined pursuing as a career?
But here’s the deal: I was so busy asking why God, when I should of been saying okay, God.
A lot of times we want validation, before walking in obedience. But that’s not what God wants us to do, He simply wants us to trust Him, and His plans for us. He knows what we don’t and it’s not our job to always understand why, but to simply obey. As humans we aren’t supposed to understand God’s plans all the time, we are just supposed to be vessels for Him to build His kingdom.
The thought of change and stepping out of our comfort zones can be intimidating and cause fear–especially when we don’t see the end destination or purpose. We get so focused on negotiating with God that we forget the fact that maybe He has asked us to do something for a bigger purpose than we can understand. We want validation so we can feel a peace about obeying His instruction, but the truth is, peaces comes after the obedience.
Whatever God is calling you into, or to do, step into obedience and trust that His promises over your life are good and true. He will not leave you, He will stand by your side, and He will protect you. His plans for your life are beautiful, and even if it doesn’t make sense in the moment, it will become a beautiful masterpiece made by the creator, Himself.
There’s a plan that God wants to call you into, and your simple obedience will change history.