There I was, standing in the living room looking at my wife. Why is this happening to us now? This was the question that kept swirling around in my head. I could tell it was the same question in my wife’s head, too. And I bet most of you have asked it a time or two. We all experience those times when it seems like God got something wrong. You feel like you are in the wrong place at the wrong time and there is no way out.
For you, the past is a memory. The present is uncertain. The future is not even worth thinking about.
There are other times in our life where we feel pretty certain about our future. The future looks so bright and full of possibility. Every part of your life just seems to go the way it is supposed to go. Then it happens. It might be a loss of a job. It might be a death of a loved one. It might even be a long-term illness or injury. No matter what it is, it changes everything. The future which you were looking forward to has now become a memory of what could have been. What do you do now?
Reminds me of Proverbs 16.9, “In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps.” As I was going through that course altering situation, I struggled with understanding the purpose behind the change. From my point of view, I was not pursuing selfish gain or ignoble purposes. I was serving God in a place I felt He had called me to serve and it was bearing fruit. Why would God take it away when it seemed like there was so much more growth about to happen. I had my plan for what should happen – God had His plan, too.
It might be difficult for you to see at the moment, but there is a “God-reason” you are in your current situation. And it may not have anything to do with you. Remember the account of Joseph’s brothers selling him into slavery. God did not allow it to happen to teach Joseph a lesson or to even allow his brothers to get what they wanted. Every part of Joseph’s roller coaster situation was for one purpose and one purpose only. Joseph tells his brothers, and us, the reason in Gen. 50.20, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” (emphasis added)
The current situation is not about me or you. It is about God’s plan for your life. Are you living each moment like it is a part of your plan or God’s?