“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”
– Proverbs 3:5,6
The day Hannah and I got married was truly unforgettable. Not only did our wedding take place at the beautiful Crystal Cathedral, but both sides of our family were there to celebrate with us. Although at the time we both had different career aspirations, something profoundly spiritual happened to us that day, and it was then that we felt there may be a call to ministry in our future. However, after we tied the knot, we moved to Tulsa, and I finished business school. In those days, I was considering a career in real estate or finance, but becoming a pastor was something that had never been on my radar. Though it was a natural conclusion considering that my name is Robert Schuller and I come from generations of preachers, my answer when people would ask was always something to the extent of, “I love God, and I love my faith, but I’m probably not going to do that, especially at the Cathedral.” Well, as we know, the Lord has a sense of humor, and it was only a few years later that Hannah and I ended up back there leading the college ministry. Once we answered the call, we realized that the seeds that were planted in our hearts on our wedding day were now springing up, and we began to step into our destiny. However, had we been stubborn in holding onto our own ambitions, we might never have embarked on this incredible journey with Jesus!
My friend, doing big things in the Kingdom of God demands flexibility. Though it’s natural to plot and plan, it’s important to let the Lord have the final word. His will for you is far greater than anything you can concoct in your own power, and reaching it may require a willingness to change course. While it’s difficult to surrender worldly ambitions, taking unexpected turns is often the very thing you need to do to inherit the abundant life that is your destiny. Even if it means pursuing something you were certain you never would, when you follow Jesus in full assurance of faith, you will find that the center of His good, pleasing, and perfect will is undeniably the best place to be!
Jesus, I pray that you would make my path straight and give me faith to follow you, even if you call me to take an unexpected turn.
Has the Lord ever beckoned you to pursue something that you swore you never would? If so, what was the result?
If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power every Saturday night at 6:30 p.m. PT on TBN or watch online at hourofpower.org/episode.