And expect that it will look nothing like you imagined.
Beyond that, all bets are off. When I prayed this prayer, I thought I was asking God to act in one specific area of my life. I felt I was at a crossroads in a relationship and needed to make a decision. I expected Him to direct me on what to do and I would (begrudgingly if necessary) trust His guidance. Turns out God didn’t want control of my relationships, He wanted control of my life.
I’m not sure if this is true for everyone, but it’s certainly true for me—God doesn’t do things in a small way in my life. Maybe that’s because I tend to overlook the little ways He tries to get my attention because I don’t like what they might mean. You see, I like to be in control. I like to have a plan. If something goes wrong in one area of my life that I simply cannot control, I throw myself into another arena and exercise almost obsessive control in that one.
This week is a fresh start for me. I started a new job, a new exercise program, and a new book for my quiet time. I’m also in the process of writing a new book. Yes, it’s a lot, but after the way God has directed me through the darkest time in my life, I’m convinced He will guide me in these new areas.
Moral of the story: when you ask God to act, expect Him to show up. I’ve seen Ephesians 3:20 first hand over the last few weeks–God is able to do more abundantly than I ask or even think.
How has God moved in unexpected ways in your life?