Many things appear contradictory to God’s will and yet they happen. Try and answer the “why?” It’s difficult to accept that our plans are subject to the will of God when He messes with our agenda. Our predictable agenda.
You know, the self-tailored plan that tells us if we make the right choice, all things will work out well. And the one that doesn’t seem so right to others, but takes us in a direction that “we have peace with” . . . and so we walk straight for it.
The heart of man plans his way but the Lord establishes his steps. Proverbs 16:9
And then there’s the lesson tucked inside the choice we’re not always grateful for because we find we didn’t choose as well as we thought. . . . but even if we make a bad choice, we can trust the consequences to be part of God’s good work.
And then there’s the things that happen that would never be our choice.
We say we want God’s will in our life until it becomes a wild ride – and then we want to get off. And so, we do . . . because our will seems safer.
We see how the sovereign will of God took Paul to jail and Jesus to a cross – and wonder why we should be exempt from any of it. Check your Bible, any page – history shows restoration is His ultimate goal and always accomplishes what He desires.
But it’s so hard to get past the finite of “why and why not.” It is. So, we have to accept what comes with it and what leaves with it, and loss shows the worst that can happen. Change is one of the most difficult things we face on our journey.
When we endure enough life changing experiences, we almost become fearful of the will of God. And yet if we’ve learned well, and I have, we have the assurance that somehow it is meant for good. There’s so much of our story that we can’t see, so our choice is to trust and know the high ways of God are simply too high for us to know.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth so are My ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9
I love this Isaiah scripture – it actually makes me wonder more though, because now I’m trying to figure how far heaven is from earth while I’m looking into the night sky past the harvest moon that seems so far, yet so near.
I’m sure God sighs before He reminds me, heaven isn’t trillions and light years, but within – right where I’m standing. So, His will is right where He establishes our steps, if our intention is to follow His pierced feet . . . and may it be.
Listen . . “Thy Will Be Done” by Hillary Scott (Lady Antebellum) that speaks to her loss . . .