As I sit back and begin to reflect on the study, I'm realizing that the biggest lesson I'm taking from it is a bit of a paradox.
According to dictionary.com, "paradox"means:
"...a statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory orabsurd but in reality expresses a possible truth."
You see, in the past six week, so many of my "yes" moments have led to me saying "no."
I answered His call to:
- initiate the planning process for a conference. In February. Click here to read the backstory on why this was a big deal.
- continue honoring my husband's blessed career as a marketing executive and therefore start planning an international move. In January.
See the contradiction?
I said "yes" to initiating the conference, and to my husband, but now I'll have to say "no" to actually attending the conference in person!
My head spins as the reality of Scripture settles in as I process through the "no's" that often come from our "yes's."
"The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps."
"I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you."
So, dear reader, I encourage you - as you answer "yes" to God, be prepared to follow where those "yes's" lead - even if they lead you down the seemingly confusing road to (or through) times to say "no."
Because even through the "no's," we know that we can rest assured of this truth:
"'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.'"