Recently, I caught wind of a conversation a young woman was having with some of her friends. She felt trapped in her circumstances and didn’t understand why she was continuing to have feelings of heartache, pain and suffering. I could tell in her voice that she knew there was more in this life for her but she didn’t know how to get there. She wasn’t comprehending the power of God’s hand in her life and instead, she was placing her purpose in the hands of others.
Oh, how I have been there. How we have all been there. I so desperately wanted to grab her hands and say ‘Me too, sweet girl. Me too.’
The conversation got me to thinking about a sermon I listened to last week and all the garbage in our lives that we could choose to pay attention to. Or worse, that we do pay attention to. I started thinking about my own life and where I have felt held back from God’s purpose. I thought about relationships I have been clinging onto that have brought heartache to my life that I know I need to let go of, but something keeps me hanging on. I feel this push. Whether it be with relationships, my job, or worldly advice. A push that says I should give in to gossip. A push that says I will never find a true sense of community. A push that says I won’t amount to anything. A push that says I have to look a certain way or weigh a certain amount. A push that says I will be single forever. We are constantly getting pushed by the work of the enemy.
But then there’s the pull. The pull of the mighty hands of God.
You see, the push of the enemy in our lives will only get us so far. And the devil isn’t afraid of us when we are being pushed by what he wants us to be paying attention to. You’re not dangerous when you’re gossiping, sleeping around, putting others down, lying… (enter your sin here).
But when we are pulled, the enemy must flee (James 4:7). Because the pull of God invites Jesus in. And if you only know one thing about Jesus, it’s that He will come into any situation that you invite Him into.
I was pulled by the hand of God to move back to Cincinnati a year ago. And I know that was Him pulling because I was pushed by the enemy to move in the first place and it blew up in my face. But when I moved back, He blessed me abundantly. I know God is pulling me because I am writing this blog. His pull is greater than the push of the enemy telling me that this is a waste of time.
If we don’t allow space for God to pull us, we can never be shot into our full potential. If we are pushed, the shot will only go so far. You can keep pushing and pushing and pushing but I guarantee you that your life will not be filled with purpose and that is exaclty where the devil wants you.
God’s dreams for your life are not to kill your joy, but to enhance it. And as long as your heart is beating, God will pull you. He will pull you to bless you, use you and to be closer to Him.
God is pulling me because I want Him. I need Him and I have got to have Him! How lucky are we to worship a Father who pulls us out of bad relationships, a toxic work environment, an addiction? He pulls us out of the pit and then fills us up so much with His will and His plan that we don’t have room for lesser things.
Wherever you are right now, I encourage you to stop what you’re doing and ask Jesus to enter your heart. Invite Him in and ask Him, beg Him, to pull you in the right direction. And then change your path. Change the direction of your life by choosing to respond to the pull of God instead of the push of the world. I promise, He will guide you. You may not be able to see it right now, but when you look back in the rear view mirror, you will see all the times He was pulling you that ignited you into a life you never thought possible.
With Grace and Love,