Is this collage not the perfect visual for the different phases of fall?! Both of these pictures were actually taken on the same day, on the same street, just a few blocks apart. I’d come across the leaves in the bottom picture first, in which I began snapping away at because I just thought- if this doesn’t scream FALL I don’t know what does. After I took most likely 2398742 photos of the same scene, I declared my walk to be over. I didn’t want to keep going any farther because I was towards the end of my walk and the pictures I’d taken for Project 52 were so pretty, I thought- how could it get any better than this?? But something pushed me on, and I did keep walking – only a few more blocks – and the minute I saw the fiery, orange and red leaves covering some lucky home owner’s yard, it literally took my breath away. It was gorgeous, brighter colors than the previous yard where I’d snapped a million pictures. It was that “cliche fall leaves” picture I’d hoped to find that day.
What a difference a just few more steps can make.
Sometimes I think about the times I’ve asked God for something, He’s said ‘no’ and I’ve thought, well this is a mistake. Surely I need to ask Him a thousand other ways so that He understands what I’m asking for, and can see why this would be SO good for me. Plus, I’m tired and I really don’t think I can go any farther, which makes this “xyz” perfect for me… if only it would just happen NOW. And God says, No.Keep walking…. I have something so much better in store for you.
Ashumans, and if you’re like me- type A who surely has so much of it figured out when it pertains to my own life and what’s best for me (uh huh)- sometimes it’s hard to hand over the reins – over and over and over again – to God. To say (and believe), over again every day, I’m giving this to you, Lord, because I know you care for me way more than I could ever care for myself.
Our job is to keep praying, asking, thanking, praising, questioning, and then to take another step. When we feel we’ve gone as far as we can, and we think, “No this is good enough!” … keep going. Keep believing that His plans for you are so much better than even the grandest ones you could write on your own.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” -Jeremiah 29:11
Today, as I link up with Anne for Wednesday Wishes, my wish is that you keep walking. Don’t settle just because you don’t want to wait any longer. (And I’m preaching to the choir here, trust me.) If you’re tired, take a pause and a deep breath, but then keep pushing forward. Keep following Him. Have faith in His mighty plans for your life. They are so much more than you could ever imagine.