Big Plans – Big Problems


Some days I am amazed at myself! No hubris intended. I look at my life and wonder to myself, “Exactly…how did I get here?  Really.”

I have never been a particularly vindictive person.  I have had dreams and visions ad nauseum of having the greatest last word (I never come up with them when I need them), I may even think of how the consequences of another’s actions will come back to bite them, but I have never really wanted to see someone get their ‘comeuppance’.  I don’t like seeing bad things happen to anybody.  Sometimes, however, I wonder if they did anything to deserve it.  I think the same thing about me. I’m always checking my situation out to observe whether or not I’ve brought a thing on myself.

There are a lot of things in my life that just plain SUCK that I was simply born into.  Bad patterns of behavior and thinking that have taken a lot to overcome.  And then there are the things that are a direct result of the people with whom I have surrounded myself.  Never think that what you say or do doesn’t have a direct impact on the people who love you.  Each bad decision you make diminishes everyone in your immediate circle if only in their reputation for associating with you.

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But at some point in my life, it occurred to me: some, if not all of these things are MAKING me.  My life is preparing me for the best parts of my big adventure.  Everyone talks about how life is so short and we should live as if today is the only day you will ever get.  I don’t disagree.  ON THE OTHER HAND, you can get so caught up in the YOLO, “live for today,” way of life that you don’t prepare for the next day…or the next year…or the next decade.  What is your end-game?

I’m so glad that God always keeps an eye on the end-game. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Or as the King James version of Jeremiah 29:11 says, “to bring you to an expected end.”  Everything that comes into your life is designed to bring you to a prosperous, joyous, hopeful conclusion. 

So, what does that say about all the garbage in your life? The bigger the problems you face, the bigger God’s plans are for your end-game. 

I like to call God, “The ULTIMATE Economist.”  He is the original spendthrift.  If you’re going through it, He can use it.  He WILL use it.  Somewhere in the course of your existence, it is going to come up in your ability to minister to others or even to minister to yourself.  And if He trusted you to come through it, and He trusted you to help others through it, that means he has plans to bless you BECAUSE of it.  He is using it to make you strong enough to handle the weight of His Glory which has a much more dense per quantity. 

 

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Think about it, now…

 For all things are for your sakes, that grace, having spread through the many, may cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.  For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (2 Corinthians 4:15-17)…

The minute you stop freaking out and realize that the sun still came up this morning, you are still breathing and that “crisis” didn’t kill you is the moment you will realize you are stronger, wiser and better than you thought.  And when that thing that didn’t kill you happens to someone else, you will realize that you have just become an asset for God to use to let somebody else overcome.  And it will be easier for them to overcome than you did, because you took the time to blaze a trail, almost against your will, out of the sheer virtue of just, ‘hanging in there.’

 

Look around you.  Does your present circumstance require a dust broom or a back hoe?  If you are in the latter category, CHEER UP!  Look at the end-game for just a minute, and then get back to work.  God is working in you to make you MARVELOUS!  God trusted you with the big plans because He knew you would not break under the weight of your problems. That means you will be more glorious carrying the equally measured weight of His GLORY. 

 

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