Sometimes I get anxious to see the other side of the tapestry. All I can see are the knots. And there have been some big knots. I mean when the threads of our lives have woven and inter-woven so many times and it looks like one big jumbled mess, I’d just like to see what the final picture looks like.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
I get that, but I have to admit that sometimes I struggle with my little mustard seed of faith when I see the jumble of threads and knots.
I could pretend that I have it all together all the time, and don’t have questions and struggle with things.
But who would I be kidding?
Not my family, not my friends. Not anyone who really knows me.
I was pondering and feeling more than a little inadequate with my little mustard seed of faith about the matter, when I opened my emails and happened upon my daily devotion for the day:
John 3:27 we find a simple but powerful truth, “God in heaven appoints each person’s work” (NLT). John explained that because God had given him his work, he had to continue it until God called him to do something else. Amos raised sheep until God called him to be a prophet proclaiming God’s message to others. If you are following God’s blueprint for your life, your job is part of your life plan and you are successful. God can and will work through you to do extraordinary things, no matter how “ordinary” your occupation may be in the eyes of man.
I know there are days when the will of God seems completely wrong and we do not understand. We are treading water, desperately longing to see Him walking on the treacherous waves toward us, rescue in His hand. It is in those shadowed moments that we must choose to trust the Plan Maker because His ways are higher than our ways and His thoughts are higher than our thoughts. One day, every one of our question marks will be yanked into exclamation points as we see that high plan as He sees it – perfect! – Mary Southerland (Girlfriends in God)
Here was a message that I needed to hear, delivered at the right time. I don’t know why it still surprises me when that happens. Instead of focusing on the knots, I need to focus on the beauty of the individual threads and colors. I need to be thankful for the gifts and abilities that He has given, and trust Him to guide my steps and decisions.
I know this. I just need to be reminded sometimes.