No skipping to the end of every book

By Riverine Herald

HAVE you ever skipped ahead to the end of a book just to see how it ends?

Do you often wonder what God could possibly have in mind when certain things happen?

I can say yes, to both these questions.

During the past couple of weeks I have had things happen to me that were certainly not in my plan and I can’t work out why they happened or how it’s going to turn out.

The trouble is I can’t turn the pages of my life over to find out.

Maybe there is a lesson to be learnt from this.

I realised through my doubts and frustration that I am limiting my view of God’s big picture. God knows all things and helps us handle life one thing at a time.

I love doing jigsaw puzzles and often they come without a picture so I have no idea what the puzzle will look like finished.

This means I have to sort out the pieces one at a time, picking out all the edges first and then putting them into colours and then shapes.

It can be frustrating to put the puzzle together without knowing what the end result will be, it is definitely easier to have the picture in front of you.

In the bible we can find assurance God is in control of our lives, and through His words we are given the picture we need to live our lives one day at a time.

Ecclesiastes 7:14: When times are good, be happy; but when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Therefore, no one can discover anything about their future.

Jeremiah 29:11 (God has a great plan for your life, even if you cannot see it right away): ‘‘For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’’.

Proverbs 19:21 (we can have an idea in mind, but God ultimately orchestrates events): ‘‘Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails’’.

And in Matthew 6:25-27 – It tells us there is no need to worry about anything as God takes care of all our needs.

God knows what the big picture is for our lives.

He holds the end result and can see the box with the image on it.

Yet He only gives us the puzzle a piece at a time.

He knows what we can handle and does not want to overwhelm us, so He guides us through as we figure out how everything fits and falls into place.

When we truly trust the puzzle designer and place our lives in His hands, we can hold hope that in the end things will work, even if not as we expect.

The best we can do is live one day at a time and let God be in control.

(Scripture readings are from New International Version).

Sonia Edwards

Salvation Army