We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
You may remember a childhood book by Dr. Seuss called Marvin K. Mooney Will You Please Go Now. It’s about a little man, named Marvin, who is being told to go. Yet he stays put.
The narrator tries to entice him to go with all kinds of ridiculous travel methods, planes, boats, being shot out of a cannon…and yet he stands still. Ignoring the narrator.
In the end, he looks at his watch, determines it is time and it closes with these words, “The time had come, so Marvin went.”
Life is all about timing. I have often wondered if Jesus wanted to strike out on His mission before the age of 29. He had to have seen all the other men he grew up with married, having children, getting on with their lives…and yet here He was still waiting. Just like Marvin.
It can seem frustrating and tiresome and overwhelmingly ridiculously LONG to wait. Can you tell I don’t like waiting? Who does?
So what I am working on lately is trusting God’s timing in all things. I have learned to put less pressure on myself, even when things don’t go according to my ‘plan’ and say, “I’m excited to see how this is going to work out.” There is always a reason. A season.
Looking back there are things that I KNOW if it would have happened sooner I wouldn’t have appreciated the gifts or been able to sustain them. There are things that NEVER happened that I wanted to happen, that looking back I am so glad didn’t happen. And there are things that I NEVER PLANNED to happen which changed the course of my life.
Those NEVER PLANNED incidents are probably the most prevalent determining factors of my life today. For you too I bet. Think about the randomness of much of your life. The person you met who became your best friend. The job you got when you weren’t looking for it. The way you met your significant other? Was that planned?
I’ll leave you with a song Molly and I have been listening to for a while. It’s meant to make you smile or cringe depending on your tolerance for rap music. But I love it that no matter where you are in life, God says he planted the seeds of eternity in the hearts of men. Even rappers!
So you can’t escape the feeling that there is more to life than this. You can’t escape the reality that all things happen, not when we want, but in God’s Plan.
I love the line “I can’t do it on my own…” Enjoy!