I had the chance to visit one of my good friends today. I wanted to talk with him a bit before I went on retreat, to seek some guidance about what I should focus on. We spent some time talking about several of the key things that have been going on with me over the last few months. Nothing bad, mostly good.
As I finished up filling him in, he said the image he got was a kind of unfolding of a story. How it will end is still a mystery, with new chapters being written with each passing day. I really liked this image, and it resonated with me.
Life really is a mystery, isn’t it? Although many of us try to figure it out, in the end that approach seems a bit futile. We get frustrated when we think that everything is up to us, that we are fully in control. In the end, I know that God has a plan for each of us, and for the world.
I can’t say for sure what tomorrow will bring. That’s part of the mystery unfolding before us. This unfolding started long before our present generation, and will probably end long after we’re gone. Our own unique stories are woven into a larger one that continues to be written.
I can’t wait to see how this story plays out. I think it will all make sense in the end, like most good mysteries. Maybe we’ll scratch our heads and think to ourselves, “I should have figured it out so much sooner. The Author put signs and hints on nearly every page.”
For I know well the plans I have in mind for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare, not for woe! plans to give you a future full of hope. When you call me, when you go to pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with with all your heart, you will find me with you, says the Lord, and I will change your lot.