“If you abide in me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.”
Hey guys! I’m just going to jump right into what the Lord has been teaching me these past couple of weeks. Speaking to all of the high school seniors out there, you could say I’m a little stressed and overwhelmed right now. School just started up and I’m already studying for tests, new work hours are crazy, sports practices are demanding and time-consuming, and on top of all of that, we have college applications, essays, scholarships, and DECISIONS to make extremely soon. Did I mention SOON?
As you can imagine, this summer I was starting to think about my future plans and what the Lord has for me and my life. As a young kid, I’ve always known what I wanted to do. However, recently I’ve felt like those plans could, perhaps, be rooted in my own selfish desires. I’m not saying that they are foolish or sinful. I’m simply realizing that I’ve never asked whether this was the Lord’s plan for my life. He could want something completely different for me.
Something my dad always told me when I would ask questions about this was that the Lord will give me the desires of my heart, so there really is no reason to question my interests. He gave me those specific desires for a purpose. Now, whether or not those are to be used for my life purpose or not is another question altogether.
A mentor of mine recently gave me an inspiring word of encouragement that I still treasure in my heart today. She encouraged me to simply ask the Lord for His heart. I know it sounds kind of funny, but this is what she meant by it: Ask the Lord to unify your hearts, which in turn, unifies your desires.
Ever since I started asking the Lord for this, He has been more than faithful to confirm that what I’m doing is in accordance with His will and His word. Any faith-based book or study that I’ve read in the past few weeks has mentioned this very request. I’ve read countless letters and book chapters that talk about the Lord redirecting my desires and redefining victory in my life (which was actually by another one of my mentors).
God wants me to desire what brings Him pleasure, what He has planned for me, what’s in His very heart. This doesn’t mean that all of my energy and faithfulness should be spent seeking His will for my life. Absolutely not. Seeking the Lord instead of, exclusively, His plan, is what will bring me closer to aligning my heart with His. The next step is yet to come, but you can be certain that your desire is from Him, simply because it is His!
Doesn’t it just blow you away that the Maker of the universe craves intimacy with us? Like, He actually hungers to know our hearts and for us to know His! Just ask Him for His heart, He’s already sacrificed all of it for you! I encourage you to be open with Him. Ask for the desires of His heart to be the desires of your heart. What He wants for you will be what you also want, maybe you just don’t realize it yet. He will align your plans with His. There’s no greater opinion. There’s no greater option.
If you’ve been patiently waiting for His hand to move in your life, for a revelation to confirm your future, all you have to do is reach out. He’s standing here, arms wide open, allowing you to hold tight so that he can capture your heart.
He’s just waiting for you to accept what He so graciously offers to each and every one of us.
Like David fervently pleads in Psalm 139:23-24,
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”
Lord would you carefully fuse our hearts together by the power of your steady hand? See to it that there may be no distinction between the two. What’s yours is mine, what’s mine is yours. Would you place the perfect and wonderful cravings of your heart into mine?