As much as you think you know someone, invariably we can be surprised by them. Unfortunately, when this surprise comes about, more times than not, disappointment will accompany it. We are just dumbfounded by a decision that can be made that clearly was not a good one.
I’m not sure if times like this are meant to “wake us up” out of whatever is going on in our lives, or not. Is it God’s way of getting our attention? Maybe it’s a wake-up call from him just to remind us that even though life seems like it’s on a decent track, that we still need him, that we still need to depend on him, and that everything we have ultimately comes from him.
Hopefully these times will not be earth shattering, and our “legs will not be taken out from under us.” Hopefully we are simply shaken up a little bit. Whatever the outcome and what our perception of the incident is, I’m pretty sure I have a good idea of what part of God’s intentions are. I once heard a quote that went something like this. “God doesn’t give us burdens to break our backs. Instead, he wants to drive us to our knees.” I don’t really think I need to explain it, but it’s a reminder that he is in control of our lives, not us, like most of us like to believe we are.
All of us, even the ones strongest in our faith, find it easy to think WE are the reason we are experiencing success in our lives. We think we have been successful and that we are responsible for a new discovery, or for locking up a long term sales contract. Sure, we were certainly a part of the process, but we didn’t do it all alone. Others have partially laid the groundwork before us. But God allows us to use our gifts to further his ultimate plan.
The older I get, the more definitively I can see how our lives are not just a random bunch of incidences. I can see that certain people showed up in my life at a precise time and were able to either help me out with something I was struggling with, or helped me to change my course and point me toward somewhere I needed to go.
Many years ago, I was a firm believer in fate. Today, I don’t look at it that way. Now my belief is that everything happens for a reason, and it is our job to make decisions along the way to get us to where we are ultimately supposed to be. Where is this? Only God knows for sure, because it is a part in his plan. But I do believe that we all have a specific reason for being here, no matter how long we live. Once I started looking at my life in this context, everything seemed to make more sense. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t know all the answers, and I still struggle with many things, but I do take comfort in knowing better now what my purpose is and that I’m working at fulfilling it as best as I know how.