Sometimes, we try to go one way and God sends us another.
He did that to Paul and Timothy in Acts 16, and I know He does that in our lives too.
Years ago, we had walked some property dreaming of where we’d build our home. We showed it to others, we did the math, and we put an offer in, only to find someone else had just signed a contract on it.
We were disappointed.
It seemed like the perfect spot. We had spent so much time thinking this was the best plan.
Not long ago, we went by that property we didn’t get. We remembered how sad we felt. We know now God had another, much better plan.
The truth is God always has a good plan for us.
And we wondered, “Why don’t we more quickly hope in God when disappointments come along in life?”
Why do we doubt, for one second, that our good God is working things to our good? Even hard things?
Long story, short, God led us to a beautiful piece of property that we never (and I mean, ever) would have imagined we could afford. It wasn’t even for sale when we “stumbled” upon it; and it seems almost as if the owner had been holding it for us.
It’s on the lake. It had room to build a place for my aging parents too. The sunset views are breathtaking. Truly gorgeous!
As we sat parked in front of that first lot, and remembered our disappointment, we talked about how God must have looked on as we struggled so hard to obtain something less than the “far better something” He had waiting.
We talked about how if we had just known what God had planned….how we would have thought and acted so differently.
If we had more quickly considered that sometimes when things happen we don’t understand, that God is taking us a better way, we might not have let our disappointment sink so deep.
The thing is, God is good and in control. He doesn’t always tell us what He is doing; but that doesn’t change the fact that He truly has all our days.
He is always “doing”.
We so often struggle, and worry, and act as if He is not.
We tend to only look at things that happen with human eyes and so often fail to consider that God really is at work on a much better plan.
We say we trust God to work all things better for good…but do we really? Is that just the churchy answer?
We say He is sovereign; but so often, we fail to trust His control.
But does it have to be this way?
Or instead, can we deliberately remember His faithfulness to us ( can we pause and think about our salvation and situations where we’ve seen Him take care of us before) and determine to hold on to that with the next hard thing that comes our way?
Sure we can! Because of Jesus! He will help us do that!
Prayer—God, help us deliberately remember You, Your goodness, Your faithfulness, Your working all things together for good in our lives. Help us trust You and hold on knowing You number every hair on our heads (Luke 12:7) ! You call us the apple of your eye (Psalm 17:8) ! All power is Yours and You have all that concerns us! May all things-the good and the hard things we face, only serve to bring you glory Father!
…And those sunsets… are all from my house. How God reminds me of His goodness daily, in this, and so many ways!