What is God Doing?
Have you ever felt like God has abandoned you or that His rationale or circumstances for the things in your life just don’t make sense? I would imagine we have all felt like this at some point in our daily walk. I would dare say both those who know God as their Savior and those who do not have had these very same thoughts.
Let me share an analogy that may help put things into perspective on how you may view this differently. I was thinking the other day as I was flying into Cleveland and looking down at the city how different it looks from above than when you are on the street below. We were making a hard left turn, right over downtown, I could see the Key Bank building, Cleveland Browns Stadium, Progressive Field, Quicken Loans Arena and yes the huge Nike mural of Lebron James painted on the side of the building that says “We are all witnesses”. It was a very sunny day and looking down was an incredible site of events taking place and the opening of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.
Fast forward one hour, now I am in a rental car driving toward downtown Cleveland from the airport. Wow, what a different perspective. My view is limited because of the tall buildings, trees and marketing billboards. There is also the confusion and chaos of everyday life, heavy traffic, pedestrians, long waits at each traffic light and detours due to the parade. I could feel my stress level starting to rise because it wasn’t quite as peaceful as it was an hour ago from above. Life was happening all around me as people busily went about their day. Eventually, I made it to my destination and was able to finish my day.
In the same way, I believe our relationship and interaction with God is very similar to my flight experience. God is above looking down and He can see the big picture. He sees the route we will navigate in life, the detours we will take and what potential hazards or good things are up the road and around the corner. For that reason, He brings things into our life today that will shape, grow, stretch or change our direction because He sees around the corner from above.
Of course, here on earth we only get to see a small glimpse and our sight is impaired by our limited knowledge and forward vision, similar to my view on the ground when driving into Cleveland. So, those circumstances God brings into your life today to shape, grow, stretch or change your direction may not make sense while you’re in it because you may not grasp how this is going to help you in the future. God only gives us a limited view of His plans for our life; if He gave us His view there would be no need to have Him in our lives. Our limited view is there to create faith, trust and a deeper need for the Living God who sees the whole picture.
So if you feel like God has abandoned you or that His rational for the things in your life just don’t make sense today, maybe consider the view from the airplane and how God sees your life from above. He knows exactly what we need, when we need it, and how it needs to be delivered. It is up to us to decide if we want to trust God with His view of our lives.
Proverbs 16:9 – In his heart a man plans his course, but the LORD determines his steps