As my daughter Mirabelle began to near a year and a half in age, I noticed that she suddenly had a greater ability to put up a struggle when we were supposed to be going somewhere. When she was a small baby, I never had any need to fight over where we were supposed to be going because she was not old enough to fight back. But as she developed her strength, she sometimes chose to make it very difficult for me to pick her up and carry her someplace new. It didn’t happen all the time. It was especially the times when she had grown tired or upset that she would show me her newfound resolve to remain stationary.
As followers of Christ, there are times when you and I may feel tired. We might grow comfortable where we are and begin to hope or even expect that no more growth is necessary. But though we want to remain stationary, our father God has not called us to complacency. He has not called us to laziness. He has not called us to remain where we are—never expecting Him to take us someplace new. And at that moment when God begins to lead us away from the comfort—away from where we have been—it can be easy to put up a fight.
Your Destination in Christ
The picture that I want to share with you is one that I believe God gave me in a moment when I was ready to start struggling. In the same way that I had someplace that I wanted to take Mirabelle, God has somewhere that He desires to take you and I. He has a destination that He desires us to reach, and it is a destination that we should always be traveling toward.
Paul says in Philippians 3:12, “Not that I have already obtained it or have already become perfect, but I press on so that I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.”
We’re in a race in this life. We as believers have a mission—a goal. Our example and leader is Christ Jesus, and as we let the Holy Spirit work in our hearts He will mold us into the image of Christ. The struggle happens when we let where we are dictate where we want to be. I don’t know where you are right now in your walk with God, but I can tell you plainly that there is someplace that God wants you to be, and He wants to continue to lead you there as you follow Him.
God is Not Going to Let You Fall
The problem is that we kick and throw our arms around and we attempt to get out of His grasp—because we don’t want Him taking us anyplace we are not comfortable going. When Mirabelle began to kick, cry, and attempt to find a way out of my grasp (even though I did not like what she was doing), there was no way I was going to let her go. If I had let her go in that moment, she would have fallen. If you are a believer, you can kick and scream but God is not going to let you fall. He has you in His hands, and He’s waiting patiently until you stop resisting. I would let Mirabelle kick and scream until she had enough, and then we would be able to go. God is waiting patiently for you and I to submit to His plan. He’s saying, it’s time to calm down. It’s time to let Me lead you, because there’s someplace new that I want to take you.
Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.”
A young child has very little understanding. Mirabelle could not understand why we had to go someplace new, but her dad understood very well that we could not just sit in the same place forever. When we lean on our own understanding, it can be very difficult for us to accept the Lord’s paths. However, when we put our trust in His wisdom and leadership, the path that we are called to walk is then made clear.
Jesus is Calling You To Follow
Jesus is walking. He’s on the road. There’s someplace that He is going, and He is calling you to follow.
In John 21:22, Jesus tells Peter to not worry about what others are doing and He boldy reminds him of the main objective in his walk. It says, “Jesus said to him, ‘If I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you? You follow Me!’ ”