As most of you know, teachers plan. Extensively. One type of plan is a curriculum map. We map out the entire year to make sure we cover the skills our students need to be successful. The idea didn’t start with us, nor are we the best at it. It started with Him. God plans.
…I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. (Jeremiah 29:11 MSG)
Sometimes the way is easy. We can see pretty well. We kind of know what to expect from life. We may need to shift our backpack to the other shoulder at some point, but it’s lightweight and easy to carry, so no problem. Like hiking down a shady country road. Pure joy. Great to be alive. Suck in that fresh air!
Yes, life is good, until…
A mountain pops up, seemingly out of nowhere.
Oh, we kind of saw it coming, but we ignored the horizon, hoping we were wrong. We weren’t.
“You need surgery.” or
“It is cancer, I’m sorry.” or
“I don’t love you anymore.” or
“Your position has been cut.” or
“I’ll see you in court.”
Whatever the catch phrase of the mountain, now we have to face it.
Walking here is not so easy. It’s rough, and sometimes we fall down, or tumble backward. Even the most lightweight backpack gets heavy. The light is dim; the air, foggy. It can be scary.
We want to quit, just stop and sit down. Pretend there is no mountain.
But… then we’d be stuck.
No, we have to keep going. We look around for a path.
We pray more, seeking Him, wondering where He is in all of this.
He answers, “I have it all planned out—plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. (Jeremiah 29:11 MSG)
What a relief!
God doesn’t abandon us just because our scenery changes.
And though He didn’t put the mountain there – it is the natural result of a rumbling, ever-changing world-
He is not surprised by it. He knew it was there. And… He planned for it. Even if we didn’t.
His plan may involve mountain removal. He could guide through the mountain pass, or maybe even reveal a path around it. Whatever the plan calls for.
He knows exactly what we need to be successful, and if we will follow where He leads,
His plan will give us the future we hope for.