As we begin this New Year with hearts full of hope and resolution, we must also make room in our hearts for Him. The inevitability of life’s joys, fears, and pains will test our strength and challenge our faith, but thankfully, our Loving Father, God, the Author of our lives, already knows what lies ahead for each one of us. He’s created a one-of-a-kind story for every single one of His children and even though each story is very different, they all have the same happy ending (or better yet, “beginning”). Because if we live our life stories the way God wrote them, then we will spend our allotted time on earth using our unique God-given talents and abilities (and everyone has them, even though some might have difficulty believing that they do) finding ways to glorify and honor Him while bringing others closer to Him. Once He has decided His mission has been accomplished with us on this earth, He then calls us back to be with Him forever in Heaven.
Approach each goal, each obstacle, each task with humility and trust in God. Even when we prayerfully discern or have the best of intentions, we are all too aware that no matter how careful or meticulous we strive to be, there are times when things just don’t work out. Something comes at us out of “left field” or we find ourselves in a “perfect storm.” How many times have we thought to ourselves, “Why did this have to happen?” or “I didn’t think this would happen”? If we have humble and trusting hearts, we will be confident that despite our initial disappointment or perhaps enduring struggle, God is lovingly weaving Himself into our story, lest we forget about the happy ending He has in store for us. Many times we make the mistake of believing that when our carefully made plans have been disrupted, that God has abandoned us, but He is reminding us that He is always with us - that in our weakness, He is our strength.
When I am feeling uber-productive, I sometimes get into a groove and start writing my own story. Sure, there's nothing wrong about being resourceful and creative, but there is no truth in any of my actions unless they, in some way, serve to glorify and honor God, the Author of life!
“For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! Plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
Copyright 2012 D. Smith