May the Lord our God be with us as he was with our ancestors; may he never leave us nor forsake us. 1 Kings 8:57
The Online Bing Dictionary defines GLIMPSE a: brief look, a quick or incomplete sighting, or smallindication. I love this definition andam blessed and in awe of glimpses from Heaven that sometimes fall in my lap (or should I say on my heart). Although we don’t know and couldn’t even handle or comprehend God’s plan, sometimes, we get a glimpse into the Master Artist’s blueprint. Maybe it’s a quick look into the plan God has for us, our children, a friend, family member or strange and it’s notthe whole plan, but just enough to keep the faith and stay the course.
Recently, after hearing about a friend who is having an unexpected child at the age of 42, I began thinking back on how Emma (our oldest) came a year earlier than I had planned. Notice I say “I planned”. I’m a full-blooded, type A, über organized woman. I was born that way and although I can sleep with a dish or two in the sink over night now (with years of practice), I’m still super OCD about things. So, yes! I had a plan. A plan to have children one year later than God decided it was time. Yes, I know how these things happen, but under the circumstances we were very surprised.
Emma turned eleven in May and just this week I got a glimpse into God’s reasoning for altering “my perfect” plans. (Ha! Plans! Please tell me I’m not alone in falling prey to making plans without including God in them from time to time – even though I know the results).
My Glimpse: If we had gone by my plan and not God’s I would have started Bible study a year later, maybe never growing in Christ in the ways that led to my writing and belief of God’s love and forgiveness of my past sins. If we had gone by my plan and not God’s Emma wouldn’t have known Ella and I wouldn’t have known Shannon, both of who we lost to cancer way – way to early. Events, lives and people who shaped and formed my walk with the Lord in ways that I could never have anticipated. Ways that have challenged me, torn my heart to shreds and given me experiences I now carry in my heart and allow me to be able to relate to those who are suffering. Oh, how grateful I am that God’s way are above my ways.
Many, Lord my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare. Psalm 40:5
When He says find joy in the pain, suffering and surprises there is a reason. God is the Master artist and He is the only one who can see the full plan. I’m grateful for the glimpses into His plan and mission for me and I pray He awakes all our hearts to hear and see the glimpses He so graciously gives along the way. May these glimpses continually inspire, encourage and create a strong desire within us to stay on the narrow road and AlWAYS trust His ways. He never leaves us, forsakes us and never leaves our side.
“Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easythat leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few. Matthew 7:13-14