What is Your Destiny?

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“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.  Take delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this; He will make your righteous reward shine like the dawn, your vindication like the noonday sun.  Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” (Psalm 37:3-7 TNIV)

When God gives a dream, a destiny, a land to be possessed; have you noticed that often it does not happen overnight? 

God called Moses to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt into the promised land. On the day Moses was called, he did not have any idea of the obstacles he would encounter to walk out his destiny. 

After 40 years of wandering in the desert, Moses died in sight of the promised land but not in the promised land. Doesn’t this seem unfair! Was Moses a failure? Did Moses not walk into his destiny?

“There has never again been a prophet in Israel like Moses.  The [Lord] spoke face to face with him …” (Deuteronomy 34:10)

Perhaps our human perspective of what our destiny should look like sometimes gets overshadowed by our own opinions of what success is. Perhaps God’s success looks different than what we think it should look like. 

The Bible says that there was never a prophet in Israel like Moses. In other words, Moses definitely was not a failure. He definitely walked into his destiny; however, in our earthly thinking, it appears like Moses did not walk into the promised land. He made a mistake … he failed.

We are human! We all make mistakes. Does that mean God says our destiny is ruined because of our mistakes? 

I believe that God viewed the overall success of Moses in being that He spoke face to face with Moses. Moses’ success was not determined by what he accomplished on earth – it was ultimately determined on his relationship with God. It was determined by Moses following God and being with God. When Moses was with God face to face, Moses walked in his destiny.

Moses was called to lead the children of Israel to the Promise Land. He was a success – the children of Israel arrived!

In the end, even when Moses had messed up a bit during his lifetime, God’s big picture perspective says that Moses was a success and that Moses walked into his destiny.  Because of Moses’ faith and relationship with God, his small human failures were wiped away in light of the big picture of eternity.

Sometimes we put heavy weights on ourselves of having to always get it right.  Sometimes failures can be used by God. God has through every generation used the stories of Moses to help and teach us. 

“Six days later Jesus took Peter and the brothers James and John with him. They went up on a very high mountain where they could be alone. There in front of the disciples, Jesus was completely changed. His face was shining like the sun, and his clothes became white as light. All at once Moses and Elijah were there talking with Jesus.” (Matthew 17:1-3)

There are so many people in the Old Testament that Jesus could have talked to in front of Peter, James, and John. However, Moses again was brought into the limelight for all generations to see that he definitely was in the promised land in Heaven. God fulfilled Moses’ destiny in spite of some human failures. God’s perspective is different than ours. 

Has God given you a dream? Do you sometimes fret and get annoyed and push and try to make it happen in your own strength? I have been there! We all have been there!

Be still! 

Keep your relationship with God as the central purpose of your life. Hear His words, and do what He says. Don’t look at the results around you with human eyes.

Perhaps the results you are seeing right now are not even close to what you think they should look like in earthly success … BUT God!!  Yes, GOD!!!  God knows your destiny, and He knows what true success is. Trust Him! Be still and have patience and see God’s hand fulfill your destiny!

In Matthew 14, Peter was so bold and said, “Jesus, if it is really you, call me to come into the water.” Jesus called. 

Peter boldly jumped out of the boat and into the water. After a few steps, Peter looked down at the waves. He heard the wind. He saw that there was nothing from a human earthly perspective to keep him from sinking and drowning. There was no earthly foundation only water which humans cannot walk on. 

Peter took his eyes off Jesus and cried, “Jesus save me!”  Of course, whenever His eyes were back on Jesus, he was saved.  But Peter did walk on the water when he kept his eyes on Jesus and not the perspectives of an earthly human .

Take your eyes off earthly results and set your perspective on the things of God and not what you see around you. No matter if everything around you resounds with the words “failure” – know that God’s destiny for you is not failure. Don’t look at the waves and the impossibilities. 

Look into Jesus’ eyes .. walk to Him with your eyes never faltering from His … grab unto Him and keep moving one step, another step, another step … don’t stop! 

Someday you will be able to see the big picture perspective and see what God did with your walk of faith on earth. Let Heaven’s perspective come to earth … and let God’s will be done on earth as it is in Heaven in your life.

When others see with earthly eyes, choose to look into God’s eyes and see life from His perspective instead of through the darkly coloured sunglasses of earthly humans.

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ReCaLcuLaTing


GPS“Recalculating … recalculating … recalculating … recalculating … recalculating … recalculating!”
 

The voice of my GPS kept reminding me over and over and over again that I did not take the street it had planned for me to take.

On a visit to Moncton, New Brunswick, I arrived earlier than I had anticipated so I decided to drive around and explore. I drove wherever I wanted to with no destination in mind.  

I left my GPS on and after about the tenth time it said, “Recalculating!”, I told it to be quiet. Sometimes I talk to my GPS. I then laughed because even though the GPS voice was annoying, I love my GPS! It keeps me on track and gets me to where I need to go without the major headache of trying to follow a paper map while driving. 

Just as I was thinking about loving my GPS, I had another thought speak loudly and directly into my heart leaving one of those impressions I will never forget. 

The thought was that no matter how many times I take a wrong path, God is like my GPS. When I go the wrong direction, He instantly recalculates and creates the plan for my life to still lead me to where He planned for me to go – to the destiny He created me for.

I can stray one kilometer or 500 kilometers off the path; it doesn’t matter how far. God will never give up on me and continues to recalculate and point the way.

Sometimes I have purposely chosen to disobey God and have strayed miles off course; He still led me back. Other times pain or hurt have caused me to be afraid, and I steered off course to try and avoid the pain because of my lack of trust in God’s ability to give me the strength to persevere in spite of pain and hardship.

Many times I have strayed from the path for just a short little distance only to quickly take the next street when I hear “recalculating” and veer back into the right direction. There have been times I didn’t quite understand where I was supposed to go and never purposely or intentionally strayed from the path but inadvertently got a little lost.  God still lovingly smiles and grabs my hand saying, “Recalculating.” 

I can see God’s smile; it is the most awesome smile you will ever see with love beaming from eyes that love you more than you can ever imagine. My Heavenly Father knows me intimately and knows how desperately I need Him to hold my hand and show me the way. My Heavenly Father knows without Him I am so lost.

Other times when driving my car, the GPS recalculates because of construction on the highway or I ask it to recalculate because of an accident. Events occur that are not in my hands to resolve that take me down a different path. I wonder if that happens in the spiritual too? Other people’s decisions to not go where God tells them to go may mean that God recalculates my path. What an amazing mind God has! 

” ‘For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NASB)

I have also noticed when using my GPS that when I am by myself, I rarely make a mistake in where I am going. I clearly hear the directions and focus on going where the voice is leading me. However, when I have someone else in the car with me and we get talking and laughing, I often hear the words “recalculating”. 

You can have clear directions being told to you but because of being inattentive to the voice you can still miss a turn in the road.

God is so very faithful and loves me so much! He always over and over and over and over again recalculates my path so that I am continually being drawn to Him, His plan, His purpose and His destiny for my life. 

I am thankful for my GPS but so much more thankful for God. He is an awesome God who never gives up and teaches me and loves me when I just don’t get it right. He always cheers me on and says, “Esther, you will get there! Just trust me. Listen to my voice. I know the plans I have for you, and I love you!” 

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“Run Home Esther!”

When I was five years old, we lived next door to a farm. Several children lived on the farm, and the boys in the family were older than me.

One of their favourite past-times was to play ball. One day, some of the boys decided I was old enough to play, and they invited me to join in a game.

I was so excited. I was now a big girl and was going to play ball with the older boys!

They showed me how to bat the ball, and I hit the ball my first time up.  As soon as the ball left the end of my bat, everyone started screaming at me.  “Run home, Esther!  Run home!”

I dropped the bat and ran as fast as I could straight towards home.  I ran straight past the pitcher, straight past second base and continued straight towards my house across the yard.  “Mommy, Mommy!”  By the time I reached my home, I was an inconsolable heaving mass of tears, mucous and regrets.

“How could they be so mean!  Why would they scream at me to run home!  I was only a little girl.  It wasn’t my fault I didn’t know how to play the game.  Mommy, why?”

Although my neighbours had invited me to play ball, no one had taken the time to explain to me how the game was played. I didn’t understand the goal of the game. I didn’t know that my destination after hitting the ball was to run home – to home base.

Sometimes I experience similar situations 45 years later in life.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish…”  Proverbs 29:18 (KJV)

A vision gives people a destination that is to be reached. It tells us where we are going.

If the vision is too small, only a certain number of people can play in the game. There is not enough room for everyone. If I try and participate when there is no room, I end up realising I am just the little girl wanting to play in the ball game before the big boys decided I was old enough to play.

If the vision is not clearly explained, I won’t understand my destination.  I then become the little girl running for the wrong home in an inconsolable mess of tears, mucous and regret because the crowds are screaming at me, and I don’t understand why.

The little story from my past is a stark reminder that in adult life I need to take the responsibility to ensure I know my destination.  I need to make sure the team I play on wants me to play with them.  I also need to make sure I know my part so I understand what I am to do.

I have a responsibility to listen to God’s voice (my Coach) and make sure I know the bases He wants me to run to while on my journey to home base – my eternal heavenly home. 

Lessons we learn in childhood are invaluable if we remember to practice them in our adult lives.

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