Glory. The Second G.
The Grand Plan
“It is not my business to think about myself. My business is to think about God. It is for God to think about me.” – Simone Weil
When we are DRIVEN BY OUR FEARS, we begin to make poor choices.
We base all our decisions on WHAT WORRIES US. We don’t move to the DIRECTION OF GOD’S DREAMS FOR US. Our choices are made because we want to AVOID CERTAIN CALAMITIES that we think will happen if we don’t act ourselves. That’s when we begin to call the shots and DESIGN OUR OWN LIVES instead of following His Master Plan.
C.S. Lewis rightly put it:
“We try to be our own masters as if we had created ourselves.
Then we hopelessly strive to invent some sort of happiness for ourselves outside of God, apart from God.
And out of that hopeless attempt has come human history . . .
the long, terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy.”
Everywhere you look, everything screams YOU DESERVE TO BE HAPPY. YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE IN CONTROL.
This philosophy sounds so assuring, so legitimate. It seems to make a lot of sense.
But the Word of God says, THIS IS WHO YOU ARE in His eyes:
But you are a chosen race… a people for God’s own possession,
so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him
who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light… (1 Peter 2:9)
YOU WERE CALLED TO BE A DISPLAY OF God’s abilities. Not yours. To be a GRAND PROCLAMATION OF HOW KIND, HOW GENEROUS HE IS. That’s why you were born. THAT IS WHO YOU ARE.
And EVERY DETAIL of your life, EVERY CHAPTER of joy, triumph, pain IS CAREFULLY WOVEN TOGETHER for this GRAND PLAN.
You may be in difficult times right now. You may be tempted to change the direction of your life, to take MORE CONTROL THIS TIME and not TO WAIT UPON THE LORD anymore.
YOU TRIED TO FOLLOW GOD’S WILL and yet, OTHERS SEEM TO BE ENJOYING LIFE MORE THAN YOU DO. They have everything they wished for. And they can easily get what they want. They are not hampered by some rules that they need to diligently follow. They decide. They’re behind the wheels. They take control. “I want to be the Master of My Fate, the Captain of My Soul,” you say.
Do not be overcome by the lust to drive the car yourself. Let the Lord drive. To be in control is alluring.
It is seducing us, giving us the high. Makes us feel POWERFUL, invincible. But we don’t know the sharp turns and the blind curves of the highway.
“Radio personality Paul Harvey tells the story of how an Eskimo kills a wolf…
First, the Eskimo coats his knife blade with animal blood and allows it to freeze. Then he adds another layer of blood, and another, until the blade is completely concealed by frozen blood. Next, the hunter fixes his knife in the ground with the blade up. When a wolf follows his sensitive nose to the source of the scent and discovers the bait, he licks it, tasting the fresh frozen blood. He begins to lick faster, more and more vigorously, lapping the blade until the keen edge is bare. Feverishly now, harder and harder the wolf licks the blade in the arctic night. So great becomes his craving for blood that the wolf does not notice the razor-sharp sting of the naked blade on his own tongue, nor does he recognize the instant at which his insatiable thirst is being satisfied by his OWN warm blood. His carnivorous appetite just craves more—until the dawn finds him dead in the snow!”
(Chris T. Zwingelberg)
“There are many roads in this world that will guide you to pleasurable, fun, and exciting destinations that do not end in any form of lasting happiness. So before you step on an enticing path, figure out where it leads.” ― Richelle E. Goodrich
“Whatever You’re doing inside of me
It feels like chaos, but somehow there’s peace
It’s hard to surrender to what I can’t see
but I’m giving in to something heavenly…