"God is sovereign, God is fearsome— everything in the cosmos fits and works in his plan." Job 25:2 (MSG)
Do you remember what your hearts desire was as a young teenager? I look back now at some of the things that I desperately wanted: girls I wanted to date, schools I wanted to go to, places I wanted to live, and things I wanted to do with my life. I'm sooooo glad that God did not listen to me and grant my every adolescent whim. I'd be miserable if God had followed my situationally rooted, hormonally charged, teen-aged road map for life.
A friend asked me, over coffee last week, to look back with 20/20 hindsight at my life's road, and some of the strange paths on which I've found myself. Even stretches that seemed incomprehensible at the time now show their purpose in God's grand road map. Others are still coming into focus. There are a few I still don't get at all. Yet, I can see that a plan does, indeed, consistently emerge though I don't see the whole map at once. I may only be able to see the stretch of the road I'm walking, but the context will, in the long run, be revealed.
Faith fuels endurance for life's marathon.