Delight yourself in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4 NKJ)
God is so good. Once a Christian accepts Jesus as Lord and savior He begins to change their heart and old desires. We Christians become new creations and what used to drive us no longer has a hold. As it says in God’s word;
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new (2 Cor. 5:17 NKJ). As one draws closer and seeks the Lord with all of their heart, He will be found as it says in Jeremiah;
And you will seek me and find me, when you search for Me with all your heart (Jeremiah 29:13 NKJ). Then He fulfills the new desires as we delight in Him.
In the beginning of my walk with God I wasn’t sure what I was called to do. I longed to be a beautician or a cosmetologist, and I enjoyed secretary work. The Lord knew of these desires and sort of let me work them out of my system in order to help me focus on what I was really called to do. I was able to sell make-up and do facials for about a year at a department store and later I worked as a secretary for a few years at the same department store which showed me I wasn’t called to be either. Then the Lord led me into college and I am glad I followed His lead even though it was a challenge for me.
Here is an example I can give that will demonstrate this revelation. A couple of years ago, when I was close to getting my college degree my classes were delayed and had to be extended another semester which was a great disappointment. God knew of a desire I had to travel abroad through school; for some reason during the delay I got to meet Robyn, my new friend, who was also a Christian and a non-traditional student and she had similar desires to travel.
Robyn and I started to get together before class to pray and during this time we discovered we had the same degree with Linguistics and would teach English as a Second Language. This was so exciting and unbelievable we also realized that we would graduate at the same time.
Eventually we played with the idea of student teaching abroad. Both of us being wives and mothers knew there were different things that needed to be addressed. Robyn’s children were living on their own and during that summer my children moved out too, which freed me up to go, as long as our spouses agreed. Thankfully both of them gave us their blessings to part with us for two months. If I would have graduated on schedule I never would have met Robyn and would have missed this opportunity; I call that a divine delay. So I learned how to trust God when everything didn’t work according to what I had planned.
Once we decided to go through with this; God came through with miracle after miracle. I received two different scholarships that were worth up to $3000. This provided for my tuition and the cost of airfare. God also provided for all of the last minute expenses through friends and family. I remember signing the papers to go on my birthday. Isn’t God good?
Robyn and I decided to go to Quito, Ecuador and the whole trip was filled with even more adventure. I would like to encourage you to allow God to change your heart and fill you with His desires. Remember He knows you, your likes and dislikes, so He will fulfill them as you yield more and more to Him and delight in Him.