It was very foggy here on the way to church this morning and that got me to thinking. Anyone who knows me very well knows that can be dangerous, not really in a physical sense but in the sense you just never know where that may lead.
What does fog make you think of?
Anything other than you need to turn your headlights on and pay more attention to the road and possibly slow down?
For me, this morning, it made me think of God and His plans for us, His children. There is a Steven Curtis Chapman song called God is God that has the lines, “God is God and I am not. I can only see a part of the picture He’s painting.” That came to mind for me this morning in the fog. You can see a live performance (well it is a recording of a live performance) here God is God (Live).
Me? A Masterpiece?
God is painting a masterpiece, which happens to be our lives, and He does only show us a part of the masterpiece He is painting. It can be — usually is — frustrating for us because we want to see the end of the story or three steps ahead but we are only shown the next step. After we take that step, then we can see more.
We can fight against this reality as much as we like but God will not show us our next step until He knows we are ready for it or until we have learned the lesson He is trying to teach us where we are now, which is one way He shows how much He loves us.
Have children? Do you act like them or do they act like you?
For parents this is much like we try to teach our children. We love them and want the best for them but we know if they do not experience the challenges and setbacks that are often painful for us to watch they will not grow or learn and are destined to keep repeating the same mistakes over and over again, and will never achieve the victory they strive for. As much as we might like to take the fall for them we know that the lessons we have learned well are the hard ones so I suspect that is how they will best learn them as well.
If you are anything at all like me you have given your son or daughter a task to do, knowing that if they are obedient and do the task with the attitude and effort required to do their best job, without complaining, you have a reward for them. That reward could be taking them to get ice cream or to the movie or a new video game or whatever would be fun and a reward for them. You don’t tell them you have a reward in mind because you want to see if they will be obedient first.
God does the same for His children. He requires and expects our obedience to do what He is telling us to do without complaining. He has a reward for us. The fog this morning reminded me of that. Maybe it will be a reminder for you too.
Until next time…
Originally published on Peculiar Perspective on 03/17/2013