I’ll never forget what one of my college professors told me before I graduated. I was struggling with the subject of God’s will – Who hasn’t been there? She said, “Kristen, God will never lead you on an Easter egg hunt. He’s not up there saying, ‘Nope! You missed that one.’”
In other words, God’s will isn’t a mystery. He’s not trying to trick us into missing it. Instead, His Word provides clear direction that speaks to His plan for our lives. We touched on this topic last time.
That said, it can still be hard to understand how all the pieces of life add up.
Recently, I was reminded of this while working with my friends on the demo side of their coffee and ice cream shop The Hollow. I had no idea how much work goes into walls, floors, bathrooms, kitchens and ceilings.
We see a wall. The construction worker sees primer, two coats of paint, base boards, trim for the door, the door itself, primer and two coats of paint on the door, hanging hardware, nails and nail gun. The kitchen walls are another story all together, as are the three different types of flooring we used, but you get the idea.
One day, I was putting two coats of paint on the trim for the doorways, the doors themselves and the counter legs. For four hours. The good news is my painting skills increased exponentially, and I had plenty of time to think.
This is how life is sometimes. We see only the pieces when God sees the finished product.
In this case, I saw the end product within a few weeks. Sometimes in life, we see the reason why we went through that situation later on or not at all.
Regardless, if we are God’s child, we can know He is working all things together for our good.
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. (Romans 8:28-29, NKJV)
(Parenthesis: These two verses even speak to His will for our lives: to be conformed or made like His Son. We should look like followers or “imitators” of Jesus.)
Perhaps you doubt God’s goodness and plan. Life’s been unkind to you.
You’re not alone. We all have doubts at times. That’s when we must cling to what we know.
I Corinthians 13 is often called the “Love Chapter,” and Bible teacher J. Vernon McGee described it as “a biography of Jesus Christ.” I like that. After all, Jesus is the only One who shows us love in all its perfection.
He’s already proven we can trust Him. He gave the ultimate proof by taking our sin and punishment on Himself, dying on a cross for us and rising from the grave so that we can one day live forever with Him.
He didn’t have to do anything of that, but He did because of His great love for us.
That’s the God I trust. Even when I feel as though I’m walking in the dark, His Word lights my way with just enough light to see the next step. (Psalm 119:105)
One day, we will see fully His big-picture-plan for our lives, for all mankind. Till that day, I choose to trust that He knows what He’s doing, and that even when I see only pieces, He sees the finished puzzle.