“Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.” – Albert Einstein
I love to read the Scriptures about trusting God and seeking first His Kingdom. They remind me that He holds me, my family, my finances, and my future in the palm of His hand. While circumstances in life arise which I did not foresee, good and bad, nothing is a surprise to Him. In fact I choose to embrace every circumstance that comes, as I believe He is in the midst of any storm that arises and He is directing my steps. Psalm 37:23 reminds us that the steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord. When I keep my eyes on God and put Him before my worries, my ambition, and material things around me, I allow His hand to move in my life.
These scriptures first really came to life for me when I received my final year-12 results. Despite working hard and diligently throughout the year, the final exams did not roll my way and I did not score the grades I expected or needed for law school. I was bitterly disappointed. My dad suggested I repeat year 12, but I did not have peace about that. I knew that this was not a surprise to God and I had not been slack. I had truly worked hard and to the best of my ability throughout my senior years. There was nothing I would have done differently. It was a circumstance of life which was adverse and unexpected.
In that moment I chose to trust in Him and let Him lead my steps. It was the first time I really stood on this promise and believed God was going to lead me where He wanted, notwithstanding life’s curve balls. My job was to walk in faith. His job was to lead. After a series of incredible coincidences (some may even call them miracles), I made it into law school. And many years later as I write this, I look back and marvel at where He has led me and can clearly see His fingerprints over my journey. To this day I continue to lean on this promise that if I trust in Him and seek Him first then He will lead the way. And there is no better place than to be in the center of His will for your life.