An Easy Life

God never intended for us to have difficult lives, we were supposed to be butt naked, eating fruits from trees and tending to the animals. When Adam and Eve chose to eat from the tree of knowledge, they did much more than disobey an order, they revealed their distrust for their Creator and displayed a need to be in control. From that point on, life was no longer easy; men were forced to work forever and women were to labor during childbirth.

This classic story encouraged me to take a look at my own life and reevaluate why it was so hard for me to navigate through. I’m not in the place I want to be professionally, financially or romantically, but by taking a closer look, I also realized, I haven’t completely trusted God with these aspects of my life. My prayers have become way too specific and instead of asking for God’s will to be done in my life, I give him a list of do’s and dont’s. The problem with this is that when you have your life defined in your mind (what your future spouse will look like, what your dream job is…etc) you begin to chase after your own idea of happiness and start to reject anything else that doesn’t fit into your check list. As a result, you may be rejecting God’s gifts and blessings.

We are such a nosy group of people. We have to know what’s going on with our peers, we have to know exactly how things are going to play out in our lives, or we get scared that we’re going to fail, but the opposite is true. When you open yourself up to all possibilities and release the reins, you start to notice that what you’ve been chasing after, pales in comparison to God’s plans for you. Instead of a man who’s 6’2 with a college degree, you may end up with a 6’4 entrepreneur. The key is to become one with God and then move as He moves you, not in spending precious time trying to figure out and create your own narrative. That only makes disappointments more frustrating and life more difficult.

Knowledge is power and ignorance is bliss. I still have a hard time letting go of what I think my life should be, but I’m becoming aware through my current circumstances that letting go is the only way I can get to where I should be.


Raven Carey-James