Over the Thanksgiving weekend I received new insight about the hand of God in adversity. I caught a glimpse of a woman reflecting upon her childhood. After making the cheer leading squad as a 7th grader, she was cut in 8th grade. Sobbing in her room that night, the words her father shared transformed her perspective about life. “Honey, you had a great time last year and you’re a confident person. Perhaps, there is another girl who is struggling with her self esteem and needs to be a cheer leader more than you.”
A person’s steps are directed by the LORD. How then can anyone understand their own way? – Proverbs 20:24
A former colleague of mine were reminiscing yesterday at Starbucks about our years in teaching. Some days were good, others bad and there were many that didn’t make much sense at all. Maybe this is what Solomon is implying in the passage above. While individuals may think they are in control, the Lord throws the occasional curve ball in to mix things up, directing people closer to where God wants you to be.
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that,” James 4:14-15.
From the time I entered high school to my days in graduate school, every job that I applied for I got. For some reason, God blessed me over and over again like the favor of Joseph in the Old Testament. Yet, when I moved back to Delaware, God has sprinkled in failure more than once. While this could be due to my age, a lack of dedication or a faith that is slipping, there is one good logical explanation for all the pain that I have endured. Someone else needed what I wanted more than me.
by Jay Mankus