Why Your Destiny Isn’t Linear … and That’s a Good Thing!

Do you feel like you’re exactly where you’re supposed to be, but aren’t sure how it fits in with God’s plan for your life?

There seems to be this idea in our society that reaching our goals and going after our life purpose should make sense all the way through to completion.

But the road to your destiny is not a linear one. In fact, there will be many points in your journey where you’re not sure if you even heard God for your life at all.

King David before he was king

King David was not always king. He was once a young shepherd, tending his father’s flock (1 Samuel 16).

When the day came that the Prophet Samuel anointed him as the future king of all Israel, David did something incredibly interesting. He did not go and challenge the current King Saul.

No, he went straight back to tending his father’s flock before he was called upon by King Saul to be his personal musician (1 Samuel 16:18-20).

Can you imagine yourself as a young David for the moment? You’ve been told that your destiny is to be king of all Israel, yet here you are playing the lyre for the guy who has the job you’re supposed to have!

That would seem confusing to me if I didn’t already know how this story turns out.

Be excellent in all you do

Before he became king, David had many other jobs and did them all with excellence. He was a great Psalmist, a warrior, a shepherd, a prophet, a worshiper, a dancer … even a fugitive!

Remember, it was because of these roles and side-journeys that he even became king. Because he didn’t just walk into Israel and declare himself king, David became a man who God was pleased with.  

After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’  Acts 13:22 NIV

Sometimes your journey will not make sense

We seem to have bought into the myth that our lives are supposed to be linear.

For example, a child is told that if they make good grades, they’ll get into a great college, then after that they can have a good career, raise a family, etc.

But our destiny-journeys often look more like playing soccer than running a marathon, just like David’s life.

Running a marathon is pretty straight forward, the starting point is at one end and the finish line at the other. This is what it would have looked like if David had walked into Israel and formally declared himself king right after the Prophet Samuel anointed him.

But in soccer, the ball is kicked to other teammates, there is strategy to be learned and mastered, other people affect the game, and sometimes a player has to run backwards in order to push the game forward.

God knows the end from the beginning

It’s important to understand that God knows your end from the beginning. We can trust Him with our lives because He has the blueprint in front of Him.

So, if you know God has called you to do great things, but you feel like a young David right now, don’t be afraid. Enjoy the journey.

I’m so thankful David wasn’t “just a king.” It’s because his journey to kingship was not linear that we have the Psalms. Where would we be without them?

Watch for God to reveal your next steps!

Blessings!

Doug Addison
DougAddison.com


P.S. Feeling like your destiny is often unclear? My 4-week mentorship experience Diving Deeper Into Your Destiny will not only teach you how to actively pursue your destiny, but to also enjoy the experiences along the way. I’d love to help you become more confident on the path to your destiny—get started here.

Doug Addison is the founder and president of InLight Connection. Doug is a prophetic speaker, author and coach. He is known for his Daily Prophetic Words, Spirit Connection webcast, podcast and blog. He and his wife Linda live in Los Angeles, California where they are impacting the arts, entertainment and media industries.

    • Christine Fitzpatrick
    • June 25, 2019
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    Good word Thank you

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • June 25, 2019
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      God bless you Christine!

    • Rachel
    • May 24, 2019
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    I LOVE the picture intro to this blog. Plan A, Plan B and real life! It cracked me up and made me smile at the truth of our lives. Real life is that way isn’t it? It’s messy. I am amazed when I look back and recount all the things I have learned during the last season. It has been really tough and most times I questioned myself, but thru all the folding and pounding and refolding and more pounding, God is making me a tempered sword of unimaginable strength and that is what we need to hold on to. Thanks to you Doug and your great team for continuing to give us encouragement, and for sharing your insight, wisdom and strength with us. May God bless you and your ministry richly.

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • May 29, 2019
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      Haha yes! I am glad you enjoyed it Rachel! God bless you!

    • Mieke van Ingen
    • May 24, 2019
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    i watched a video of Kat Kerr from March 8 2019. In this video she is speaking about the white stone written in Revelation 2:17. i always wanted to know about this white stone. The white stone is actually a diamond and as she was explaining this revelation, i read in my mind’s eye the name Kyria. i ‘saw’ this name was living, flowing in this big bright diamond environment, which in itself was also alive. i searched for the meaning of the word. Kyria is taken from the root Kyrian which means From the Lord, Of the Lord. Kyria is a female greek name which means Lady, Flower, Bright and could even mean Handmaiden of the Lord. It is the name John used in 2 John verse 1 when he addresses the lady chosen by God. i asked the Lord confirmation of this name and while being on the road, i saw two times the name of a hotel business called Kyriad. They are only established in France and their slogan is Do, Dare, Dream ! It is reminding me to keep going and to dream BIG !

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • May 24, 2019
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      Cool! Thanks for sharing!

    • Aneika
    • May 23, 2019
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    Thank you Doug for the wonderful prophetic words you share. Over the past few years til this day along a few other similar prophetic voices I’ve subscribed to, I must say your prophetic insights, monthly forecasts and daily words have blessed me tremendously and given me hope in the most confusing and hopeless times on my journey. I have seen and continue to see the fruits of God’s Word and reap the benefits along the way. Thank you, thank you, thank you for being obedient, transparent and such a delight. As your ministry has blessed me greatly, may you and your ministry be blessed exponentially 🙂

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • May 24, 2019
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      Hye Aneika! I am so glad that Doug’s prophetic words have been encouraging for you. Many blessings to you!!

    • Bee
    • May 23, 2019
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    Thank you for sharing this. It validates my journey of bewilderment in the last two years. None of my ducks are in a row and that has been incredibly confusing sometimes. It’s good to be reminded I am not alone.

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • May 24, 2019
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      God bless you Bee! I am in agreement with you to have clairty and to feel the comfort and the love of God around you.

    • Jill Campbell
    • May 23, 2019
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    This word really helped me just relax as God continues to work things out in my life. I have been so confused when God has been leading me this way and that- I cannot fathom how it all fits together and well that’s ok- even good. This word brings rest and peace!

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • May 23, 2019
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      Awesome Jill! I am so glad! Bless you!

    • Me
    • May 23, 2019
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    Thank you for this. This article is a confirmation that came at exactly the right time, when I had an unanticipated turn in my journey just yesterday. I felt very hopeless and doubtful, wondering if I had been wrong, but this gave me a bit of encouragement.

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • May 23, 2019
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      I’m so glad that it helped you. Many blessings to you!

    • Caroline
    • May 23, 2019
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    Thank you!!!

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • May 23, 2019
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      Bless you Caroline!

    • Denielle
    • May 23, 2019
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    Hey. Loved that analogy of a marathon compared to a soccer game. It makes me feel better. Lol. Anyway, just wanted to pray blessings to Doug and the team to keep preaching Gods word the way he asks you too. You have been very helpful to me on my journey and I’m very thankful for you all … although it’s pretty new, feels like a crash course. Lol lovin every step though.
    God Bless

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • May 23, 2019
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      Thank you sp much for your prayers Denielle! Many blessings to you!

    • Deborah
    • May 23, 2019
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    I have been through so much the last 40 years. My path has never been straight but my testimony continues to grow.

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • May 23, 2019
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      Bless you Deborah!

    • Joselyn
    • May 23, 2019
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    I receive this word. Thank you

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • May 23, 2019
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      Bless you Joselyn!

    • Joselyn
    • May 23, 2019
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    Thank you. I receive that word. I want to do this course but I need to wait a few weeks.
    God bless you. Pleaser ay for me and my children, one of them need to be deliver from dugs and the occult. I believe the Word of the Lord concerning me, my children and my family. Jesus is Lord
    I read your word for the day mostly every day. Thank you

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    Dear brother Doug,I have been really blessed by your daily prophetic words sent to me.There have been so many time that I have been confused and did not know what to do next.But GOD did.The prophetic words that you send every day have encouraged me so much.It’s like you were reading my mail.I just wanted to send this word of encouragement and let you know that your ministry has greatly been a blessing to me more than you will ever know.Your podcast and and teachings are so prophetic and scriptural.Thankyou so very much for being obedient and faithful to the Lord.Your brother in Christ…..mark johnson

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • May 23, 2019
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      Hey Mark! I am so glad that you are enjoying Doug’s prophetic words and podcasts. God bless you abundantly!

    • Doreen
    • May 23, 2019
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    I have been going round about for my job
    Since they go online…no job then took one …have merchandising …then sprain the back..quit ..then took a new job …but they keeps changing my counter….
    Went interview and given very far locations…now still trying job interviews…n the old job call n also give very far places…was prayed for and got the prophesy…pay 3 times more some time ago….wating for God to intervene…tq3

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • May 23, 2019
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      Praying for you Doreen. God sees all you are going through and He is with you. Bless you!

    • Kristi Van Voorst
    • May 23, 2019
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    Thanks Doug, it is as if God had you listening in to our conversation.
    Have a blessed day!
    -Kristi

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • May 23, 2019
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      Haha, bless you Kristi!

    • Deanna
    • May 23, 2019
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    Amazing words to cultivate into my continuous thought life..
    Thank you for sharing your wisdom.
    Blessings to you today and everyday!

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • May 23, 2019
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      I’m glad you enjoyed it Deanna! Bless you!

    • Luvy
    • May 23, 2019
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    I needed this so much, for the past 2 months, I felt so confused and out of place. I thought the promises God made to me was a tale. Honestly I relate to this message, and I rejoice for I trust God will bring it to pass in the land of the living. Amen

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • May 23, 2019
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      Hey Luvy. I am so glad that this blog post helped you. Bless you!

  2. Reply

    I woke up to read your daily prophecy that I receive every morning, and found tryout blog on “Your Destiny is not a Straight Line.” This is what I’ve been asking God about. I seem to be in a place that doesn’t make sense to me, but I’m learning to trust God through it, because I have to admit, I was really disappointed , but I asked myself, “Do you or will you trust God no matter what He or how does things in your life?” I believe you, it is a journey!!!! I’m asking Him everyday to guide my steps ( almost every millisecond)because I’m not sure what He is doing.
    I felt the Lord was speaking to me when I read your message the moment I woke up at 4 am to get ready for work. I said, “Thank You, Jesus, for this Word!”

    Sincerely,
    Ms. Johnson

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • May 23, 2019
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      Kahn, that is so wonderful to hear. I am praying blessings over you!

    • Elizabeth
    • May 23, 2019
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    I know God has called me to do great things for His Kingdom, but today it does not make sense!Thank you Sir for this word, it has changed my life!!

      • Nikki, InLight Connection Team
      • May 23, 2019
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      Awesome Elizabeth! God bless you!

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