Go Be Free

By: Wendy van Eyck

What is God’s plan for my life? Every Christian (if not every person) has asked themselves this question (or a variation of it) at least once.

Right up front let’s get one thing straight: Humans already messed up the plan and Jesus already fixed it. If you ever needed permission to breathe in a little freedom I just gave it to you (well actually God by his grace gave it to you a couple of thousand years ago but that is another article). If you really believe that Jesus has come and fixed the plan that God had for you than why are you (and just about everyone else you know) so scared of messing up God’s plan for your life?

You’ve probably met some one who thinks they know what God’s plan for their life is (they’re probably that incredibly annoying successful person that everyone else wants to be). Then you’ve probably met others who attend every Christian conference in the hope that the speaker will stop mid-sentence and deliver a prophecy that is just for them and tells them step-by-step what God wants for their life (but it never happens). Then there’s are the people everyone claims they’re not part of: the “I’m-so-scared-of-getting-it-wrong-I’m-not-going-to-do-anything-till-I-hear-clearly-from-God” group. And of course there’s the group (that more of us probably fall into then we care to admit) that are scared they have heard God’s plan for their life (and they don’t like it or think that God’s got the wrong person because it’s just too BIG) that they run as far away as possible.

Jonah fell into that last group. If you don’t know the story of Jonah from your Sunday School classes then here’s a quick recap of the biblical story: God told Jonah to go to Nineveh (from what the Bible says this was most evil place you can think of so probably Las Vegas) and tell the people there that God was going to destroy them in 3 days. This scared Jonah, so he decided to hop on a boat and head to Tarshish, or Timbuktu, or anywhere off God’s radar really. However, Jonah had yet to learn that once God sets his mind to something he is not easily turned back or dissuaded. While making his escape from God’s plan a huge storm overpowered the small boat Jonah was hiding on. It didn’t take the other passengers long before they decided to throw Jonah overboard, surrendering his fate to the sea, rather than sealing theirs. As Jonah hit the water, the storm stopped, and Jonah was inhaled like plankton into the whale’s mouth.

Jonah sits and prays (and probably wonders why he didn’t just drown) in the belly of a whale for three days before being vomited out onto the main beach in Nineveh. How’s that? Jonah found himself on the exact beach that had caused him to board the ship in the first place, the very beach that he had been trying to avoid. The problem for Jonah was that it was the only beach in the world that God wanted him on. And God was going to make sure he got there even if it meant being swallowed by a whale.

Why do I like that story? I like that story because it gives me hope that if Jonah, (who was actively rebelling against what God wanted him to do), could be guided by God to the exact place God wanted him to be, then if you are actively seeking what God wants for your life then God can probably get you there too. And I don’t know about you but that births a lot of freedom in my soul, a lot of space to just relax and let God figure out the details of the plan he has for my life. After all isn’t true freedom living as the person God created us to be?

Realising that God’s in control, even when you think you’re in control, translates into living a life where all that is required of you is that you show up. Jonah didn’t even show up in the right place but God still used him, how much more do you think God will use you if you’re saying, “Here I am Lord, use me!” So stop stressing about whether or not you’re doing what God prepared for you and go be free.

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