“Listen to me, O house of Jacob,
all the remnant of the house of Israel,
who have been borne by me from before your birth,
carried from the womb; even to your old age I am he,
and to gray hairs I will carry you.
I have made, and I will bear;
I will carry and will save.”
God planned our life and wrote our story way before we were borne.
It means that He had no intention to involve us in the planning & decision making process about our life-story. He has decided what our life is gonna be about without consulting with us. He never felt the need that we should be involved in planning what He want’s to reveal through our life. He is the Owner and the Author.
He wrote our story and invites us to play our part. His intention with our story is to reveal His character and power. The intention of our story is not to make it easy for the lead character, but to reveal the Author.
We can sabotage playing our role, but then we will miss out the purpose of our story: to meet, to know and to reveal the Author. Or we can make the story, our life and the Author memorable with the way we play our story.
Sometimes in our story there are scenes we don’t want to play; there are places we don’t want to go to; there are situations we don’t want to go through and there are people we would like to avoid.
There were many scenes in my lifestory I never wanted to go through. There were actually more of that then the scenes I really enjoyed. There were more pains, more brokenness, more sickness, more disappointment, more challenges, more neediness, more loneliness, more fear, more isolation, more disadvantages then I wanted to experience. Way more. There were and are places I never intended to be and never wanted to go to. But looking back I see God through all of those. Each time my stubborn, fearful, hurting heart understood a bit more of Him. Through these scenes in my story I’ve discovered that I’m no different then the disciples were. After they saw Jesus feeding the 5000 they immediately asked: “how will we have bread?” Jesus rebukes them: “why are you discussing the fact that you have no bread? Do not yet perceive or understand? Are your hearts hardened?” Mk 8:17. Yes, the story reveals our faults, our sins, our weaknesses, too. It’s not the best feeling to be in your scenes uncovered.
Yet through the storms of our life His plans and character shines.
Our status, our health, our physical shape, our financial state, our position, our placement, our family situation all changes. But behind all of those changes there is a God who planned everything for us, who loves, cares, carries, leads, protects, provides, corrects and saves. He planned everything way in advance and He will carry it through.
As we are changing from infant to old, God’s faithfulness, leadership, protection, provision, care, rescue will remain the same.