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Not Right Now, By PI Girl Eva

I have to admit that when I started this article a few months ago, it was pretty difficult to write, so I stopped and waited a while. Now I am ready…ready to share God’s awesome work in transforming a broken-hearted girl.

Last year I was offered my dream internship abroad. I had everything ready: my housing, travel, church, money and pretty much anything else you can think of. Then one night I learned my visa hadn’t worked out; I couldn’t go to the place I had been dreaming of and expectantly waiting to go to for months. The next day it hit me like a ton of bricks. I spent the whole day crying–normally I never cry, but that day I couldn’t stop.

Looking back now, I can see that having that rejected visa was probably one of the best things to ever happen to me. That moment allowed me to listen to God. It helped me to hear Him say, “not right now.”

During that waiting period for my visa, I spent the whole time organizing the move and listening to people say, “Don’t worry, I know you’ll get there.” But looking back now I realize I had put my hope in the wrong things. I put my hope in people telling me I was going to go there and in my own strength. During that time, I didn’t rely on God. I thought and I felt I was doing His will – why wouldn’t He want me to go there?

I am now able to say that was one of the best things to happen to me. I can totally see how God has used that situation to work in my life and on my relationship with Him. I want to encourage you to listen to God and remind you that God has an AMAZING plan for your life. He is going to use each one of you to shine His light and love in this broken world. Sometimes it’s difficult to see how God might use you, but you could never ever comprehend what God has in store for you or the way in which He is going to use you – but let me just tell you it will be GREAT.

In light of my learning curve, I have come up with three tips on decision-making which I hope will be helpful to myself and you.

1. LEARN to be patient – Being patient is so difficult in an age where we can get almost anything we want immediately, but it’s an amazing gift to have and develop. In Exodus throughout the account of Moses, we see God’s plan isn’t always a walk in the park, but God is in control and He uses hardships that people go through in life for good.

“But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.”
 Exodus 9:16 (NIV)

2. LISTEN to God – In Proverbs 3 it talks about putting your trust in the LORD, wholeheartedly focusing and depending on Him. Through this your relationship will grow and God will guide you.

“Trust the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)

3. FOLLOW your shepherd – In John 10 Jesus illustrates that as our shepherd, He will look after us and go before us, so we need to trust Him and listen for His voice.

“He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has bought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice.” John 10:3-4 (NIV)

Wouldn’t it be great if we could give everything to God and totally trust and depend on Him?

Written by PI Girl Eva

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4 Comments

  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by hopeflowers17 on February 12, 2014 at 15:25

    Patience is really important. I have faced a lot of medical issues lately and am learning to trust God with simple tasks each day. I was having trouble while putting contacts in for the first time today. I prayed and God allowed for the contacts to fit! At the exact same time 🙂 when you have a set back, just focus on Him and he will help you through

  2. Paris

    Posted by Paris on February 10, 2014 at 21:51

    I needed this. Once you start trusting God,things will fall into place. He may not come when you want Him,but He’s ALWAYS on time. 🙂

  3. CelesteAtiyah

    Posted by CelesteAtiyah on February 10, 2014 at 15:23

    This was really helpful . I struggle sometimes thinking that what I want is what God wants for me but sometimes it’s not. Then I get all upset and teary eyed but I learned form this just to depend on God for everything and let Him lead. :’}

  4. Celby

    Posted by Celby on February 9, 2014 at 18:49

    Sometimes it’s really hard to know what God’s purpose for you is, but I guess patience is the key 🙂