What if God doesn’t do things my way?

“Trusting God with her eternal soul had been easy for Livvy. She had been raised to take Him at His word, and she believed what He said about salvation. It all made sense to her—God’s gift of love and salvation in Jesus. But trusting Him with her heart where Whit was concerned? For some reason, that was harder.”  Branding the Wrangler’s Heart

When I wrote Branding the Wrangler’s heart, I included this struggle in Livvy’s life because it was very close to my own. Trusting the Lord with my soul has always been easier than trusting Him with other things like my children, my career, or my family’s health.

Why is that?

Deep in my heart I know God is perfectly capable of taking care of me and those I love, so why do I fret? Why can’t I let go of worry?

I believe it has to do with choice on two levels: the choice to let God work things out and the choice to rely on Him to carry me through the result. Like Livvy in the book, I have the options of trust or anxiety. I can depend on the one who created the delicate columbine that thrives in the rugged Rocky Mountains, or I can fall back on my own understanding.

When I look at it that way, there really is no contest. My comprehension and perspective are so limited. I’m much better off uncurling my fingers and letting God take over—even when His plan doesn’t exactly match up with mine. After all, He really does know what He’s doing.

What do you struggle with when it comes to trusting God? How do you let go? I’d love to hear from you.



Congratulations to Maxie Andersen who won a signed copy of Branding the Wrangler’s Heart in last week’s drawing!

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2 thoughts on “What if God doesn’t do things my way?

  1. Career-wise, it seems that just when I think I have a clear course charted, God shakes things up, and I am “re-calculating.”Should I stop planning? No, just be ready when God comes up with something better. Enjoyed this post so much.

    1. davalynn

      Jenny, what a great approach – keep planning but be ready for change! Life with God is definitely full of surprises.


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