When Marvita asked me to join her devotional team for her book, He Makes All Things Beautiful, I didn't hesitate. God has used Marvita in so many ways in my life, so I knew I wanted to be a part of this new journey. Did I think it would be so hard to come up with devotional ideas? No, I did not, but as I began to seek God's guidance and to hear what He had for me, topics began to form in my mind. What you are reading now is not the first topic He gave me, but I feel my personal starting point is at the beginning . . . when God's plan was first put into action.
"In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1:, NKJV)
Have you ever really thought about the impact of that statement? We have all probably read or heard that so many times that it may have lost some of its punch. God made everything and put into motion a master plan of redemption. Think about that! He knew the beginning and the end of all time. He knew Adam and Eve were going to disobey before they ever put the fruit to their lips. He knew the consequences of their sin and how it would affect all people from that point forward, but . . . God had a plan.
Part of that plan is one of the Bible's most elementary teachings, in my opinion, and is the most memorized verse, John 3:16. God sent His one and only Son to die for each of us so we could live forever with Him. Think about that! God's plan from day one was to send His Son to be the bridge between a fallen people and Himself. I think we can say this in a sing-songy voice and totally miss the magnitude of what He did. God's plan from the very beginning was to make a way for you and me to be with Him forever. God had a plan.
I think most of us know or believe this, but what about the middle? What do you do in the middle? You know, the dash between the two dates. So often we wake up, do a Bible study (maybe), take the kids to school, go to work, cook, clean, spend time with family, go to bed, and get up to do it all over again. That seems like our plan, but I think God has a bigger plan even in the seemingly mundane and average life.
Have you ever ever really wondered, I mean pondered deep down in your soul, what His plan is for you? His plan for Jesus was to be a perfect example of what it is like to live on this earth doing what the Father told Him to do and to die for us. What is His plan for you? Of course, the most basic plan is to fall so in love with God that you accept His Son as your Savior. Have you ever considered that this is only part of your plan?
Psalm 139 tells us that He knitted each of us in our mother's wombs before we were ever born. I don't know if you have ever tried to knit, but IT IS HARD. The intricacy of what the hand and fingers have to do is beyond my ability. You really need to be coordinated, but I did try it once; God used my attempt to knit and newfound appreciation for all the knitters of the world to teach me about how much care He took in putting every hair in its place, forming my body, and designing my personality - knitting me together. I even think that as He put this personality trait here and that eye color there, that He was considering my role in His Kingdom. God had a plan.
Just as He had a plan in place to redeem the sins of our ancestors, He has a plan for each person that is wonderfully and lovingly made by His very own hands. God knows every horrible thing that will happen to us or by us and has already woven that into His plan for our lives. He knows every victory we will have and has already made that another step on our journey. God has a plan.
I want to challenge you to begin to really ask Him why He made you. One thing I did a few years ago that was revolutionary to my life was to begin to intercede for me. Yes, I prayed for my children, my husband, and my family, but my prayers for myself were general and vague. I began to ask Him details about why He made me. I wanted to know who I was and why was I here. In my heart I knew I was called to be a mother and a wife, but I knew there was more. God had and has a plan that never ends. His plan for you is there just waiting on you to ask.
My challenge to you is to begin to ask Him those acid questions that we often think but never ask. Ask Him why certain things happened and how He is going to use them. Ask Him why you're wired the way you are. Ask Him why you chose this path over that path. Ask Him how He's going to use that really bad decision to glorify His Kingdom. Ask Him how to not give up until you know some of the answers. I promise you that you will not be disappointed. You will understand that He makes all things beautiful by having a plan.