Recently while doing work outside, I was struck by a thought—the way I must look to God. How amusing must it be for Him to watch me from up there? Me, a little white-capped creature the size of a Polly Pocket doll, pushing around a little red wheelbarrow full of sand and moving piles of earth from one place to another. Can’t you just see Him looking down, shaking His head, and letting out a warm gurgling chuckle? I was also running really low on energy. If I’d been a fire alarm I would’ve been beeping for someone to change my battery. I was run down, hot, and sweaty. God could move Mount Everest in the blink of an eye without so much as straining a muscle or feeling a drop of perspiration. Proverbs 19:21 says, “There are many plans in a man’s heart, but Yahweh’s [the Lord’s] counsel will prevail.” It’s so true. We humans seem to think the world revolves around us and we make it spin. However, in reality, we’re just like a bunch of Polly Pocket’s and GI Joe’s running around inside a little blue spinning top that God keeps on its axis with his pinky finger. Except, unlike tiny plastic children’s toys, we’re loved and cared for deeply by the One who keeps our top spinning.
Jumping the Tracks
Maybe you have a life plan all mapped out for yourself and you’re going to pursue it no matter what. This may not necessarily be a bad thing… Unless that life plan doesn’t fit God’s plan for your life. Us trying to follow a life that doesn’t follow God’s plan for us is like us riding a little toy train down the tracks that God laid out for us and then jumping the tracks to get to where we want to go. Let us just remember what Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you,’ says Yahweh, ‘thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope and a future.” Maybe you think that there can’t be anything better than the plans that you made for your life, but, if you give God’s plan a whirl, you might just find that it exceeds all your expectations. Then again, it may not turn out at all like you thought it would. However, you should remember, it doesn’t have to turn out the way you thought it would. God sees the bigger picture. Maybe, in your mind, nothing worked out right, but maybe the Lord was teaching you, helping you grow as a person, to learn to have more faith or maybe He was using you to make an impact on other people’s lives, maybe even one other person’s life. And if what you saw as a failure helped someone gain salvation? Doesn’t that make it all worth it? It does in God’s eyes.
“I tell you that even so there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents, than over ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7)
Who Can Be Against Us?
If we’re following God’s plan for our lives what is there that we can’t do or what is there that can stop us? The Bible can answer that for us.
“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)
“…with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
Lord, help us stay on the track that you’ve laid,
To not follow the maps made by man,
To not follow only the plans that we’ve made,
But to follow Your path and Your plan.