I recently participated in a magnificent traditional Nigerian wedding. As we got ready together in a stunning location, overlooking the city, I was astonished by the jewels, arresting colors and beauty of each woman getting prepared. So many details about the preparation and ceremony were unfamiliar to me, but my dress was a perfect fit, because it was woven and altered to fit me just right.
Although I couldn’t dance like the others, understand the language at times, or pronounce items on the menu, I felt amazing throughout the day – because my attire was so remarkably comfortable and right for me. (If you’ve ever been in a wedding, and I’ve been in my fair share, you know the paramount blessing of having the right fit!)
In our lives, it is easy to take on responsibilities or make decisions that are not the right fit, even with the best intentions.
Joyce Meyer says that finding God’s will for your life is like finding the right fitting pair of shoes. This doesn’t mean that life will be easy, but it does mean that we can walk with his peace, His ease, and His comfort – even when the path is bumpy.
It takes intentionality to stop, reflect, and assess whether your choices, schedule, work and social circles are helping you to walk with well-fitted feet.
Author Craig Groeschel says, “Direction of action, not good intentions, determines your destination.” He tells readers to“play your story forward” by asking yourself, “Where is your story headed right now? What will happen if you continue tin this direction?”
Sometimes, we need to make decisions that will initially take more energy, sacrifice, time, money, or resources in the short term to experience long-term benefits. Taking time to find the right fit is always worth it.
Here is what I know: If I had been wearing an uncomfortable dress at that Nigerian wedding, my memories of the day would have been tainted by discomfort. I would have been trying to act joyful while not fully feeling it. However, walking with the right fit allowed me to enjoy the day with freedom, curiosity and peace all through the adventure! This is a picture of life with Jesus, walking according to his guidance, pacing and plans. So zip up your attire, get your feet fitted, and explore with freedom the tailor made life He’s got for you.