Jeremiah 29:11 – “For I know the plans I have for you says The Lord.”
Since school was cancelled for today and tomorrow, my wife has been on a cleaning, straightening, rearranging mission. Which meant that almost all of the Legos that she has found today have ended up in my oldest sons room. He was thrilled and immediately began playing with them. The night quickly wore down and it was time for bed so off the children went for their nightly bedtime story. There was just one problem, the Legos were still everywhere. Since it was late however I decided to pick them up instead of making him do it (it’s ok to give a little grace every now and then).
It didn’t take long and the Legos were all picked up and put away. I even took time to scan the floor and make sure there’s was none left, after all none of us needs the pain of stepping on one in the middle of the night, plus our one year old is extremely active and treats everything that he finds like a prize piece of food from a buffet line. The task was finished and completed. All of the Legos were finally put away and then on my way out of his room I saw it, or at least I saw what was left of it: a Star Wars X-Wing Lego that we had worked on together. We had worked and worked for hours and when it was finally completed we put it up on a shelf to display it and keep it from certain destruction. Now however it was taken down and certain destruction had happened. All of the work, all of the concentration, all of the X-wing gone in just a matter of minutes. I just simply shook my head. It was still being used but not as an X-wing. The pieces were being built into something else. Something that it wasn’t supposed to be.
More often than not that doesn’t just happen with Legos though. It happens with life. We make plans, we concentrate, we focus, we work hard but in reality, life doesn’t go as we planned does it. My son the Lego builder had heart surgery at 20 days old. That certainly wasn’t in the plans. Our middle son has had seizures and perhaps is autistic as well, that wasn’t on my plans. We were blessed to have a third son, guess what? That wasn’t in the plans.
I had planned to be an English teacher and a football coach, plans changed. Life normally doesn’t go like we plan does it? But in reality that is better. Better because God is in control and despite what some “pastors” will tell you, it will not always be easy, but it is better. Better because God says “I know the plans I have for you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Better because even if His plan becomes difficult down here there is the promise, “blessed are those who mourn for they will be comforted.” Better because the Bible tells us that God’s will is good, perfect, and pleasing. Better because God always knows what He is doing and even if we don’t see the full picture He does, and one day because of that the plan (His plan) will all make sense.
God is great and greatly to be praised when life makes sense and when it doesn’t. He has a plan for us. It may not be the plan we have for ourselves but that’s ok. He knows more than we do. He is sovereign, He is in control and He loves us. So let us surrender and trust Him every step of the way. After all the Bible assures us that “He really is working all things together for good for those that love The Lord.” He is working when the plan doesn’t make sense and she the plan is hard. He is working and one day it will all make sense. To God be the glory!