We cannot pursue both God’s will and our own independent will. We have to empty ourselves of one in order to fully embrace the other. When our hearts are surrendered and trusting God, our desires will align with God’s and our joy will be made full! Imagine a clear jar or container filled all the way up to the brim with water. This water represents our own desires/plans/will, and the jar represents our hearts. Now imagine pouring marbles into the jar of water. The marbles are God’s plans and desires. The marbles will displace the water, making the water spill out. What a mess! Now start over and picture the same scenario with an empty jar. The marbles get added first and the water is added last into the jar. This time there is room enough for the marbles and a lot of the water! When our hearts are surrendered because we trust God, there is room for both God’s best and our godly desires. “Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (Psalm 37:4).
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