Can't Do Better
Please enjoy this blog entry by Yasmine Plantilla. Yasmine is a student at UCF in Orlando, and was a Student Leader for her FCA Huddle Club for 3 years at East Lake High School in Tarpon Springs, FL.
Yasmine currently is involved in church leadership and is seeking the area of ministry God has called her to take up vocationally after college.
The idea of leaving what I know for something unknown has never been appealing to me. I have always found myself feeling like I just can’t do better so why would I leave what I have. When I became a Christian, I realized how comical the idea of a comfort zone was to God. Sooner than I would have liked, He told me that He planned on leading me to places I would never go on my own and places I never wanted to go. He told me this faith and perseverance in trusting Him to lead, would build my faith. But me being me, I replied back to God that my faith “can’t get better. I don’t need to build on what I have with you God. We’re great where we are”. I think you know who won this disagreement… I never liked kids, God had me volunteer in kid’s ministry. I have stage fright, God has me lead worship. I want to be a doctor, God calls me to work in ministry. By the end of this I had no idea where my comfort zone was anymore.
“He walked to the east with a measuring tape and measured off fifteen hundred feet, leading me through water that was ankle-deep. He measured off another fifteen hundred feet, leading me through water that was knee-deep. He measured off another fifteen hundred feet, leading me through water waist-deep. He measured off another fifteen hundred feet. By now it was a river over my head, water to swim in, water no one could possibly walk through.” /Ezekiel 47:3-5/
I had been led so far out past the shoreline. I came to the point where I was in water over my head, abundant in faith ready to take on God’s next challenge because “I” had done it all. This was until a couple months ago on my first day of college where I realized that I did not want to take on God’s next challenge. This one was just too much. I began to give up on God “knowing” that my home church and my friends were all I needed. I couldn’t understand why He was taking me away from such an inspiring church family. I just didn’t see how I could do better. I have officially finished my first semester in college and I embarrassingly look at the child I was at the beginning trying to tell God that He didn’t know what He was doing. Once again I have been led out of my comfort zone, past the shore and the view from the ocean is beautiful. He has shown Himself countless times over and over, aiding my every step here. I had gotten to a point where my ventures out were done by me, myself, and I. I put my faith in myself and God had no place. When God finally revealed this to me I gave Him the reigns again and He took complete control. This semester, God has led me to a great Christian community on campus and a roommate with the same yearning heart for God as myself that I can happily call one of my best friends. More importantly, I have learned what it means to have Jesus as my Shepard and not just my Savior. I have learned obedience to lead where He calls me regardless of how scary it may seem and have continuously reaped the benefits of it. When you look at things from your point of view you will think you can’t do better. The Creator of the universe knows beyond better. He knows the best and is ready to lead you to it. Will you let Him?
Posted on Mon, December 28, 2015
by Jackie Peterman