Is It My Will or God's Will?
As sad as it is to see my friend, Cole Morris, leave for Ohio in about a week, the whole process is a lot easier knowing that God’s hand is in it, and that he’s not just acting on his own behalf.
You yourself may be caught in a situation where God wants you to take that leap of faith into the unknown (like Abram did in Genesis 12:1-3), but your heart is leaning the opposite way. The Bible tells us to not lean on our own understanding, because our heart is wicked and deceitful. We don’t see or hear what God does, so yeah, some decisions aren’t going to be easy to make. Here’s how Cole did it.
Cole had decided originally to transfer to another college upstate, then go on to medical school. He claimed, “I went to tour the school and had the worst feeling on the way there. I ended up contemplating the decision to go afterward.”
After rushing through things and having no clarity on what to do, Cole, better late than never, asked God to show him what He wanted him to do instead of what he thought was right.
As a result of that, God presented Cole with a job offer in Ohio that even agreed to pay for him to finish college. He also shared, “The people who hired me just always had an unusual interest in me.” As if that wasn’t enough of a sign for him, God had more.
Last December, Cole went on a trip to Nepal. It was his first solo mission trip ever. Although several months before, he thought about backing out once or twice. He told me, “I ran from God and decided I was going to stay at home. After I made that decision, all I would ever see was airplanes in the sky. But not like normal planes that you see, like low enough to draw your attention. That same thing happened with Ohio. All I ever see on a daily basis is something to do with Ohio State. It’s God’s way of telling me what I need to do.”
Cole could also tell that God’s been preparing him for something big, just from some of the mistakes he’s made in Nepal and in the clinic setting. Whether it was not carrying out a responsibility or a priority the way it should have been, he’s had several learning moments, that’s for sure. God doesn’t keep you where you are to hold you back, He does it to build your endurance.
Luke 16:10 says, “If you are faithful in little things, you will be faithful in large ones. But if you are dishonest in little things, you won’t be honest with greater responsibilities.”
Through this rollercoaster of a life so far, Cole has learned and wants you to know before you make your next life altering or any decision for that matter at all, to trust God wherever you step. He is only going to help you and show you nothing but good in this life as long as you remain obedient. Also, invite God in for the ride, don’t just pull up at your destination and ask Him to bless it. That’s how you find your will, not His.