I remember being a young, single gal desperately searching for a boyfriend. I’d make myself sick in the pursuit of a suitor until, in exasperation, I’d say, “Forget it. I’m never going to find anyone.” It was always odd to me that at that moment -- when I stopped living in relationship search mode -- the guys actually came to me!
Professional situations were the same way. I’d work relentlessly, but got nowhere. It was as if I was operating in quicksand. The harder I worked, the deeper I sank. It was only when I stopped trying to force my plan and turned to God that things turned around.
In both examples, I’d been pursuing a horizontal existence instead of a vertical one. C.S. Lewis said it brilliantly: “Aim at Heaven and you will get Earth ‘thrown in’: Aim at Earth and you will get neither.”
There is so much truth in that statement. When our efforts are self-driven with proud motives we are not only discontented, but we’re unsuccessful because we’re operating on personal power. When we tap into God power, it’s as if someone else is doing the work for us. And, indeed, they are: it’s God!
Living out of God’s will is like swimming against a current. You can hang for a while, but eventually you’ll succumb to the strength of the force you’re fighting. When you go with the current, it’s a breeze. Once we stop operating in our limited strength, and allow God to direct us, the weight is lifted.
It’s like the passage in Matthew 11: 29-30: "Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
If I’m exhausted, if I’m overwhelmed, if I’m regressing, it’s a dead giveaway that I’m running on "Stacy fuel". The instant I fill my tank with “God gas”, progress is made and in the direction He desires.