"Did I "hear" Him correctly?"
"That can't possibly be right..."
"I'll just try it my way one more time."
Has this conversation ever occurred in your mind?
We are taught to listen to God and follow His plan. But what happens when God's plan doesn't line up with what you had in mind? You want to follow and submit but then the other part of you wants to have control. What if God is pushing you a direction you never dreamed about? What if the plan He has for you doesn't exactly line up with your peers or the "norm"?
"That is a great idea God but you must have me confused with someone else."
"Hmmmmm, Thank you for the idea God, but I think I will just "pray" about that."
Let me tell you, my husband and tried all of the above. We continued to receive small hints about God's plan for us. We would "pray" about them. The more that happened the louder the hints grew until God had basically taken us by the shoulders, shaking us until we finally listened. I thought for sure He was exhausted with us. I figured He was muttering, "Ugh, those stubborn children of mine." Here's the thing, you can continue to do things your way but God has perfect patience. He will not grow tired of "dealing" with you. He doesn't throw His mighty hands up in frustration. He will continue to work on you; sometimes He has to work loudly in order to get your attention. :)
But once you decide to listen faithfully and follow His lead, everything just seems to fall into place. Did you know His promises in the Bible are actually true? :) Amazing, right?! Our human selves naturally question and try to control but we can relax when it comes to God's promises. He has us in the palm of his hand, holding us close, and yearning for us to follow his lead. Realizing that fact makes me relax and feel so much better. I can actually exhale.
So when you are wondering if you heard Him correctly, breathe, relax, and TRUST HIM FAITHFULLY. He has it covered so you don't have to.
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. Jeremiah 29:11