Watching another episode of Netflix, eating the last slice of pizza, taking a nap to avoid homework. These are all things I, and I am sure many others, have a very easy time of saying yes to. However, when it comes to God’s will, we hesitate. We say no. We say, “God I do not think Your plan is what is best for me”. We ignore His great plan for us so we can follow our own plan
Why is it that we say those things to the One who knows us better than we know ourselves? Why do we think that whatever His plan is for us will not fulfill us completely, that it will not bring us joy and peace? Why do we think we know better? Why do we say “no”?
My senior year of high school was spent battling senioritis, soaking up the little time left I had with my best friends, and attending a boatload of graduation parties (but hey, free food, I’m not complaining). It was also spent ignoring the fact that I had to leave everything I knew behind me and go to college. Sure, I was excited, but I was also trembling with fear on the inside. As I embarked on my quest for the perfect college I knew I wanted to major in journalism. I didn’t know what kind of journalism I wanted to pursue but I was set on that major. God blessed me with the gifts and talents to excel in it, so I felt ready.
However, the next step came and I was dreading it: picking a college. I knew I had to look at Ohio University because the Scripps College of Communication is one of the top journalism schools in the nation. I wasn’t very familiar with OU. All I knew about it was that it had a “party school” reputation.
Knowing that fact, I just assumed God would never call me there because He wouldn’t want me to be immersed in that culture. I didn’t want to go there; I wanted to go to a nice private school, surrounded by people like me. But like always, God was calling me out of my comfort zone. He was calling me to bring light to others.
So by some miracle, I listened. I went to OU. And I spent the first half of my freshman year crying and wondering why God called me to such sadness. I missed my family, my friends, my boyfriend, my bed, and everything about home. I began to shut God out because I thought I couldn’t trust Him anymore.
“He obviously doesn’t know my needs or my wants,” I would tell myself. By shutting Him out, more loneliness, depression, and anxiety came upon me. Then one day it hit me: “He called me here, to this place, for a reason. I need to find what it is." By saying those words, I opened myself up to God’s will. I told God, “Yes”.
By saying yes, I found my best friends. I found my passions and desires. I found my true self. I found my new home. I found complete JOY.
Yes, God called me out of my comfort zone. He called me into areas of discomfort and anxiety, but through that I found goodness and rest in Him.
"I am the Lord's servant," Mary answered. "May your word to me be fulfilled.”
Through Mary simply saying yes to God, every human who ever existed and will ever exist has been fulfilled. Through Mary saying yes, Jesus was brought into this world. The Christmas season is a reminder to us that when we say yes to God, our lives change into a magnificent reflection of God to others.
Mary probably experienced many fears and anxieties caused by God’s calling for her. However, she trusted in God's plan, and from that came hope for the world.
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.
As the Angel Gabriel said, "Do not be afraid."
Run to the Lord and say YES! He will give you every desire of your heart; He will give you new life!
-Hallie Ruth // @ruthhallie