Determined to get things done efficiently and perfectly. That’s the goal, isn’t it? To make good use of the time would be stewarding one’s time in a wise manner. Tackling projects head on and carrying through to the finish is GOD-honoring, right? I would agree with you.
But what then is our response when things go awry and sideways — even when we have put in laborious hours to assure success? We proclaimed an undying trust in GOD to carry us and our load — just as the Bible says. We’ve committed ourselves to prayer over all the details and included covering the people involved.
And yet, things still fell apart and unraveled faster than we would run around to pick up the remnants. Why did this happen?
As I have lived through many of such encounters, I, too, have felt the loss of a dream, unfulfilled goals and flat out missed targets. I’ve been just as bewildered as you may be feeling right now, Friend.
We are so quick to grab our Bibles and start reciting Scripture verses about GOD protecting His Children and not allowing for bad things to happen. Which I do believe He does — that is His Nature.
Perhaps these are moments in time where He says, “I have something far better for you up ahead, that I want you to look forward to …” No, it’s not the casual response of “it simply wasn’t His Plan.” What I am wanting to share with you is the fact that we must remember a foundational truth (as He has shown me):
He is GOD, not because we give Him that Name, but because He is.
There are times that I think that possibly we get so caught up in the wonder and excitement of being His chosen one, that we forget that what we know (as we are known — human) is so limited. And we try to make sense of the ways of GOD.
27 And He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because the Spirit intercedes [before God] on behalf of God’s people in accordance with God’s will. Romans 8:27 Amplified
8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9 ESV
We could not possibly have it all wrapped up — no matter how much we search and study. While we are still on this journey Home to be with Him, our minds are quite limited to what we can comprehend. Even the greatest minds in theology would likely surrender to their Creator and declare that they do not know it all.
Our loving Father doesn’t seek to confound or confuse the faith with which we are endowed from Him. I have found that when my faith is strongest is after it has been tried and put to the test. And such testing comes when I least expect it. When things are flowing smoothly and seemingly as expected. Then as if tripping over a pothole, I find myself face down in an unexpected posture nursing wounds of disappointment.
I can also tell you that learning to live life walking in that faith that says no matter the outcome, I will come through. Choosing to walk boldly through any situation or circumstance and in the face of my opponents, trusting that the best is going to be the result — regardless of what the process feels like and what the end product looks like — because GOD always has His best prepared for you, that’s when your faith meets up with your life and the intersecting of the two is the life He intended for us.
But how should we then think when the unimaginable happens? Like a plane that flies beneath radar, suddenly we are facing what we thought could not possibly be happening — to GOD’s People. Is it possible that He permits the occurrence of things that seem illogical to get us to swing our perspective and see with greater clarity that He is forever in control no matter what that looks like?
What makes sense to us is relegated to what we have previously experienced and lived. We store all those details and data into our memory bank and add it to our account for future use. So when we encounter something totally unfamiliar, we scratch our head and discount the occurrence as not from GOD.
Let’s look at a handful of examples as they appear in Scripture. Sending an elderly man who comes from the people that are enslaved to another, to tell (not ask) the ruler of such domination to set his people free and when the ruler is finally persuaded to acquiesce, the freed slaves walk through a sea on dry land. Thank you for trusting the Lord, Moses.
And let’s not forget the youngest of a brood of twelve brothers that was targeted and taunted, trafficked to a foreign country, yet became one of the most powerful men in history only to save the same brothers that wished him dead. You’re a forerunner of forgiveness and hope, Joseph.
A woman that was scorned for her inability to fulfill her obligation as a wife, rejected by the very people of whom she shared ancestry and heritage, living through a handful of broken dreams and relationships is given the extraordinary privilege of being the first to whom Jesus would reveal His Messianic identity. Oh, we cheer with and thank you for your tenacity to keep searching for your Savior and for your enthusiasm to make Him known, sweet woman at the well. You showed us that He gives a voice to those who otherwise would not have one.
There are a myriad of examples that are preserved for us in writing that will keep us all hoping, believing and confidently trusting the GOD Who has called us and chosen us to carry this gift of the Gospel.
7 for we walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7 ESV
7 But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us. 2 Corinthians 4:7 ESV
If GOD were predictable, would we consider Him omnipotent? If we had Him all figured out, His motives, His plans, His timing — would we not be placing Him in a confined space that we unleash at our human whims?
I am cautious to remind myself — after countless living experiences of disappointment — that GOD is still on the Throne. It is this subtle reminder that keeps me curious and less frustrated, expectant and hopeful, awestruck and quite often speechless when He shows up in the most extraordinarily defining moments of my human life.
In this, Sweet Friend, I encourage you to surrender whatever earthly imagination that may have captured you or tempts you into thinking for a fraction of a nanosecond that you’ve got GOD all figured out.
3-4 I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous,
your handmade sky-jewelry,
Moon and stars mounted in their settings.
Then I look at my micro-self and wonder,
Why do you bother with us?
Why take a second look our way? Psalm 8:4 The Message
The final examination leaves me breathless. When beaten, rejected, wrongfully accused — that One would go the distance to defend me and lay down His very life for mine. When I was the one who should have paid the price for my wrongdoings (all those things from mere thoughts to lived out loud actions), He laid across my body and said, I’ll go in her stead. Take Me. That’s my Savior. That’s my Jesus.
You would have to admit, that makes no sense at all. Someone I had no idea was watching after me with a love in His Eye for me, that He would die in my place. Makes absolutely no sense. And I don’t think that I would have done that for anyone myself. And yet, He did it for me. He did it for you.
The mere thought of the humility of Jesus drops my heart to its knees every time. GOD’s reasoning made perfect sense. Had we been living eye witnesses during that cataclysmic time in history to see it in real time, would we have questioned GOD’s plan for it then as we did when we first laid hold of the truth that He intended for this miraculous reunion of we and He?
Let’s move forward in the Light of the day as children of the day.
4-8 But friends, you’re not in the dark, so how could you be taken off guard by any of this? You’re sons of Light, daughters of Day. We live under wide open skies and know where we stand. So let’s not sleepwalk through life like those others. Let’s keep our eyes open and be smart. People sleep at night and get drunk at night. But not us! Since we’re creatures of Day, let’s act like it. Walk out into the daylight sober, dressed up in faith, love, and the hope of salvation. 1 Thessalonians 5:5 The Message
I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~
LindaRJohnson, TitusTwo Visionary