We were driving down a highway one day when, straight ahead of us, there was what appeared to be a silo and a walkway going over the highway to a tall structure on the other side of the road. While that may not be earthshaking, when I looked up from my reading it appeared to me that we had to drive directly underneath that walkway and in between the silo and the other structure. There was nothing but farmland on either side of the highway for miles and the road seemed to be flat, no rise in elevation or hills to consider just more farmland up ahead. But, there stood these two structures and the tiny bridge.
I have to say I was startled, and wondered how we were supposed to navigate this passageway. My fears were unfounded, however, when we got to the point of no return and the road curved so that the buildings were on the right side of the roadbed.
A change in direction. We think things are going along just fine. We have our lives all laid out. The plan is determined and things are being put in place to execute that well-thought-out plan.
When all of a sudden, there is a change in direction. A curve in the road that we didn’t see or even consider. The flatness of our life’s terrain is a source of comfort and security. We know what is going on and we don’t have to worry about surprises.
Jesus said that His followers would have problems and trials in this life, He certainly did and He told us that we should expect it also.
“Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!”
But, Jesus also said that God, His Heavenly Father, knows all about all of His creation. When a little sparrow falls from the tree, God knows about that. Jesus then said, if God cares for the sparrow, just imagine how much He cares for you! Again, Jesus said God knows how many hairs we have on our head.
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”
If that is the case, do you really think God would be surprised about anything that would happen to you?
As certainly as the sun comes up in the morning, there will be surprises that come into our lives, some good ones and many others not so good, and we have to learn to handle them, sometimes in a split second.
How can we do that? By leaning on the One who loves us with an eternal love and who does, indeed, have our life plan before Him. While we may be surprised by events that occur and seem to derail our life, God is not surprised by any means. He is omniscient – He is all-knowing. Further, He is omnipotent – He is all-powerful.
Combining those two eternal and immutable attributes of God, He knows all things that will happen to you and He is strong enough to be sure that His plan for you will be fulfilled. That does not mean that there will not be difficulties for us as Christians. Rather, it means that when there is a difficulty, we can be certain that we are in God’s hands and that He is in control of the situation.
This is when faith comes into play. We need to have faith in God so that we can truly rest in His eternal arms during whatever trial or difficulty we are experiencing at any given time.
A change in plans often is unwelcome, distressing and disturbing. But it often brings surprises and growth in our spiritual life that outweigh all the distress originally felt. In the process, we can learn a great deal about our God and our relationship with Him.
Think you are running into an unmovable obstacle? Think again, God may have turned the roadway just in time so that you are, once again, on the straight and narrow way!
Father, I praise your name and give you all glory and honor because only You are God. There are many imitations and false gods in today’s world, there are many things that man has made into a god such as money, fame, privilege, possessions, even family. Forgive us when we replace You for anything else. You are the one and only true God, and it is to You that our love and allegiance must be directed.