4 Signs You Might Be Running Ahead Of God
Our Creator sees all things in His grand plan, and I see things... only in part. How do we know we are running ahead of God? Let’s do a simple comparison between my plans and God’s.
God’s (better) plan:
By the age of 13
Do well for PSLE to enrol into a good secondary school.
Went to a neighbourhood school and was part of the pioneering batch.
By the age of 16
Do well in school and enter a good Polytechnic to do a psychology course.
Went to a student care centre to better my studies (and hopefully character). Then got invited to Church Youth Camp, heard about Jesus for the first time and got saved.
By the age of 21
Results were not good enough for any psychology course.
Started uni part-time, met my (now) husband.
By the age of 25
Finish uni, continue working my way up the corporate ladder, and have an office with a million-dollar view. After three years, start teaching part-time at Republic Poly to share knowledge and earn more moolah.
Got married. Pioneered a non-profit work with an amazing woman of God.
Grew with the organisation and team for close to 6 years.
By the age of 30
Financially stable. Settled down. Travel 2-3 times a year. Able to shop without worrying about the next pay cheque.
Travelled to the USA twice and Melbourne once, paid for by God.
No prizes for guessing who had been a better Planner. Obviously… it was God.
I’ve always been very driven, and my belief was that we have ‘no time to waste’ here on earth. Everything needs to be well-planned and executed according to my timeline. Let’s go, fast, chop chop, quick.
When things often don't go as planned, I’ve found myself questioning if God loves me.
‘If He loves me, wouldn’t He want me to be happy?’
‘That’s such a great plan, why isn’t God going to bless me?’
‘Isn’t that a great purpose/plan?’
What silly questions, but they hold so much weight for me then because even though I knew God makes all things beautiful in His time (Ecc 3), I never quite accepted or internalised that truth.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.
I had an ideal life plan, but God has always had the perfect life plan for me.
I’ve since learned that God is never in a hurry.
God is never late. God is composed. God is always right.
Nothing surprises or disappoints Him because He already knows the beginning, the in-betweens, and the end.
He knows our plans are not always good for us. He knows that we can be really stubborn, and He knows that we can place our identities in our works instead of Him. He knows how to save us from ourselves.
It’s not how fast we get things done or make magic happen, but how much we grow in Christ-likeness throughout the process.
This has been a long journey. I’m still learning to wait on the Lord, to grow in patience, and be ready for when His perfect plan starts to unfold. But here are 4 signs (from my own experience) to watch out for as you navigate through your own journey of learning to run at God’s pace.
Here are 4 signs you might be running ahead of God:
- You feel stuck in every area.
- Your life feels much like a writer’s block. You stare at the blank walls and have no idea what to write. Your mind is blank, yet your heart is in a hurried state to meet deadlines and churn things out.
- There’s no inspiration half the time, you’re not enjoying the moment, and the only end-goal and desire is to ‘get the job done’ and move to the next task.
- You feel like gears that have not been well-lubricated, and are struggling to get going.
- You haven’t stopped to think about whether you have peace.
- Who has the time? You barge from door to door hoping to gain more ground (more profits, more market share, more leads, more likes).
- You get irritated and flustered easily. You have no patience to wait for things or process your emotions.
- There’s no time for sleep.
- Sleep is for the weak. ‘I’ll sleep when I’m dead!’ (That’s a lie, by the way.)
- Constant worrying.
- Your mind never gets a break. You feel the need to keep thinking of new ideas; to churn out new things, because you worry you’re not enough.
- Yet when you get what you’ve desired, you are worried that you might lose it. You fight hard to remain at the top of your game.
Let us know in the comments how you’re conquering the monster of societal expectations and norms, worry, and anxiety!