Having grown up in small towns, I’m intimidated by big city streets and freeways. So many traffic signs everywhere! Look out for “One Way,” or more importantly “Wrong Way,” “Yield,” and “Maximum Speed Limit.” I’m definitely not a fan of “Detour” and “Road Work Ahead,” but I do realize they are a necessary part of the street designer’s plan.
God, the grand designer, also has a plan. He has revealed much about it with “road signs” throughout Scripture. Even then, a lot is beyond our understanding. God himself said, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts” (Isaiah 55:9).
Job realized that after struggling to understand his own tragedies: “I have declared that which I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know” (Job 42:3). The Apostle Paul stated in 1 Corinthians 13, “For (now) we know in part…we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face.”
What we can understand is that God’s plan was to create people for fellowship with Him. It hasn’t totally worked out that way yet, mainly because God permitted Satan to infiltrate this world and mess up things. While it might not always seem so, God assures us He is – and has always been – in control. In fact, His Plan was put in place “before the creation of the world” (1 Peter 1:20).
The best part of the Plan is that God would send “His Son to be the Savior of the World”(1 John 4:14). Again, Satan thought he stopped that on Good Friday, but everything went exactly as God planned. Like clockwork, and “according to the Scriptures” (I Corinthians 15:3 & 4), Easter morning came.
God is in the driver’s seat. Only He knows the complete Plan, but we know it includes a fabulous Ever After — we will live with Him and He with us (Revelation 21:3). He says, “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived” — these are the things God has prepared for those who love him! (1 Corinthians 2:9).
In our daily travel along the way, we enjoy the “Scenic Views” and “Rest Stops,” but we wonder about the pot holes and “Uneven Lanes.” Wrecks, disasters, and persecution leave us shaken and questioning. We wonder how bad things can be a part of God’s Plan. God comforts us saying, “I am with you always, and nothing can separate you from My love” (Matthew 28:20 and Romans 8:38-19). “In this world you will have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
God has a plan, He’s got it all under control, including you — so …
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart
And do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He will make your paths straight.”
Proverbs 3:5 & 6
About the Writer:
Ruthe Turner is delighted that God’s plan for her life included serving Him through the ministry of Truett Memorial Library at First Baptist Dallas.