A stack of books.What if our lives were already written in a book? It would be the best story of adventure, romance, and mystery. Wouldn't it be so nice to go down to the local library, and checkout or just buy the biography all about your life a head of time? To know the characters who would stick through to the end, to see the repercussions from decisions made, or the blessings they would become.
I have found myself the past couple of days trying to "figure out" the next chapter of my book. I wanted to know wh
at was next,who was next, what trouble was ahead, why I am doing everything that I am doing. I feel like there is so much more to do, to be a part of, and lots of people in need. I was getting anxious and worried about being in the right place at the right time. I was trying to verbalize to my sister and mom what is going through my mind, what I want to be doing, and what I want to spend my life doing. Then it struck me. I am not the author of my book. I am not the one in control.
Isaiah 40:26 - 31 is an awesome example of his power and his love for creation, including my life. It says,
"Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one,
and calls them each by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.
Why do you say, O Jacob,
and complain, O Israel,
"My way is hidden from the LORD;
my cause is disregarded by my God"?
Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.
What you just read was the very thing I read when I opened my bible last night before going to bed. They were the most perfect words for me for where I am. Just like a book as readers we can complain or wonder why certain things happened in a book and can't believe them. Just the other night I felt as if God shortchanged me or ripped me off, and as a result, I am not where I am supposed to be. Well, he straightened me out real quick when I read the 27th verse... "Do not complain and say 'My way is hidden from the LORD; my cause is disregarded by my God'," which basically means, "Stop saying, 'God can't see me, and he doesnt care about my life.'"
He continues and I love it! I love how God says Stop, Listen! I AM the EVERLASTING God. I do not forget, nor do I grow weary. You may grow weary, but I renew your strength.
How great to know that we know and have access to a God that wants to strengthen his people. He does not want us to worry about what to eat, what to wear, what plans to make, what comes next. He knows it all. When we have done everything and it isn't enough, God asks us to "Stand," after doing everything else!
Ephesians 6:13 says,
Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand."
So the next time you are wiggin' out trying to figure out the next thing, and doubt, confusion, disappointment, etc...just remember to Stand! He is the Everlasting God and does not grow weary! He works all things out for good for those who love him!
Some great verses and passages to read:
Isaiah 40 (whole passage is so great)
Ephesians 6 (Putting on the Armor of God)
Romans 8:28 (Purpose)
1 Corinthians 2:9 (Unimaginable destiny)