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Journey to the Crown: Walking Alone

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Walking the path that God has for our lives can be lonely. Sometimes I feel as if everyone else is doing one thing, and I am on the opposite side of the road by myself. It can be a challenge when God has separated you from the rest of the pack because He has a calling for your life that is greater than you could ever think or imagine. However, I've learned that walking alone is not only empowering, but purposeful! God talks about the importance of being a leader and not a follower in Matthew 7:13-14 when He states, “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” God is trying to explain to us that not only is following the crowd easy, but it's also detrimental to our own well-being. He emphasizes the importance of walking a different path despite how difficult it can be. Because you have to remember that even when you feel alone God is right there, walking with you each step of the way.

Feeling “alone can stem from not being able to relate to people. I've found that it can be hard for people to understand where I'm coming from and it makes me question decisions: Are you following God’s plan? Is this the right path? Did I turn left when I was supposed to turn right? These are some of the questions that overwhelm my thoughts because His plans aren’t lining up with mine, but that's the beauty of it all. We need to align our plans with His, not the other way around. One of my favorite bible scriptures is Proverbs 16:19 which reads, “In their hearts humans plan their course, BUT the Lord directs their steps.” I love this scripture because it is a daily reminder for me to check in with God before making decisions. God has placed specific dreams and desires in our hearts for a reason, but we have to follow HIS path to get there. It’s okay to make a plan, my pastor used to always tell us, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” We have to make sure we don’t get too caught up in our own plans and what we want to do that we forget to include God in the process.

You may be wondering how do you know if you made the right decision or are going down the right path? I would pray about situations and ask God for guidance, but I still wouldn’t know if I was following God’s plan or mine. I spoke to one of my mentors about my uncertainty and she gave me the simplest, yet powerful advice. She said, “follow peace.” If you don’t feel at peace with a decision or a situation, it is not of God. Following spiritual peace and deciding not to act on my feelings has transformed my life. There have been times when I've been upset and have even cried because I knew I needed to end a relationship or give up a leadership position that I loved, but I was still at peace with the decision. You have to learn to separate your feelings from your spirit, because your flesh will tell you one thing and your spirit will tell you another. Do not allow your flesh to control you but renew your mind daily through the word of God. Refuse to allow your emotions and feelings to dictate your actions but follow peace in everything that you do and know that God is with you throughout the entire process.

Can you remember a time that you've had to walk alone or realign your plans with Gods? Share you story with us in the comments below!

Alisa Vasquez is a sophomore at The Pennsylvania State University. Her passion for journalism began as a senior in high school when she was one of the anchors for Blue and Gold Television. In addition to being on air, she also enjoys using her love for writing as a platform to be a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. Her dream is to land a spot on Good Morning America, in addition to inspiring young women through her love for fitness. She understands the significance and power of living a healthy lifestyle, and wants to share that desire with young women across the country.