The closest thing I’ve got to a love story is: girl meets boy, girl runs. Every time I meet someone, I immediately start praying. And it usually goes a little something like this: “Lord, if this isn’t Your will, then slam the door. Loudly and quickly. Make it obvious and apparent that this is not a part of Your plan.” Sometimes, I can be a little hardheaded and sometimes, I can get easily confused which is why I pray this prayer. Usually it’s my first thought after meeting someone or as soon as I start to have feelings for them. This is why I’ve never actually had a real relationship that lasted more than like two weeks. Of all the times I’ve said this prayer, only like twice did I not listen when You tried to shut the door and I realized why You shut the door before things even started. I got hurt, but I knew better. There were clear signs that I should have listened to. I made a choice not to listen and learned from it, but I know that too was a part of Your plan because nothing happens without Your prior planning.
Honestly, I pray this partly out of fear because I don’t wanna get hurt. I don’t wanna get attached if it’s not a part of Your plan. The other part, that I hope is much bigger, is that I want to go where You lead. I want to follow the path You set before me. I want to trust You, completely, where-ever that leads me.
With graduation coming up, I’m filling out applications and sending out my resume. As I am sending emails, I find myself making that same prayer: “Lord, if this isn’t Your will, then slam the door. Loudly and quickly. Make it obvious and apparent that this is not a part of Your plan.” Well, that means the appropriately titled “rejection letters” folder on my email is filling up.
Today, I was reading FerVent and Priscilla Shirer wrote chapter 6 on fear. In the chapter she talks about the different ways that Satan tells us lies and one of them is: “not qualified enough for that job?” Which is exactly what my fear is about lately. I’ve spent my entire life preparing for this college graduation and gaining all the knowledge and experience that I can so that I am prepared for whatever lies next. But, those rejection letters keep telling me I don’t have enough experience. So, I keep praying that prayer, knowing that just means I wasn’t meant for that path. I know that there is a job out there that You created me for. One that You’ve been preparing me for. One that You created me to do. In the book, Priscilla wrote that Satan is full of excuses and trying to fill me up with fear. That got me thinking. I’m gonna change my prayer up a little.
I’m gonna change my viewpoint and perspective. Instead of letting fear control me, I’m going to let my faith lead me.
I confess, my weakness
Til You pick up the parts that are broken
Pour out Your perfection on me now
So, this is my prayer today. I pray that you lead me to the right door, instead of closing the wrong ones. I pray that you show me where you want me to go. I pray that I am open and willing to serve you. I pray that I listen when you speak. I pray that you empty me of me. I pray that you fill up my cup. I pray that you fill my hollowness. I pray that you wrap me in love. I pray that you hold me. I pray that you lead me. I pray that I follow. I pray that I am able to receive your guidance. I pray that my eyes and heart are open. I pray that I’m listening. I pray that I’m ready for the journey. I pray that you keep teaching me. I pray that you keep preparing me. And as always I pray for my family and sorority sisters. I pray for my university. I pray for guidance for our government, church, and school leaders. I pray for protection for our troops. I pray for all of those that need you now and for those that haven’t met you yet. In Jesus’ name, Amen.