The LORD directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way? -Proverbs 20:24 (NLT)
Time and time again, I am amazed at God's ways and the small portion of His master plan that I have the honor of watching unfold around me. No matter how much I think I understand, I never fully grasp what God is doing and that's okay. Everything always works out in God's perfect plan, even when we, as humans try to get in the way. He uses our mistakes and missteps in the plan.
I was working through my Bible study on Ruth again this morning when I was given the verse above. It was right there in the pages and when I read it, I just knew that today's post needed to be about this particular verse.
Today is Valentine's Day. There are so many people in the world right now who are single. Single because they haven't met their spouse yet, they've recently lost their spouse to death, or even to divorce. So while Valentine's Day is often exciting and wonderful for those who are married and/or in a relationship, it can a truly hard day for others. Perspective!
It's easy for the happily married to tell these people to be patient or that God has a great plan for them. It's much harder for the people living this daily to do that! We want what we want now. We don't want to wait and see where God takes us, especially when we have no idea how long we'll be waiting. If we only had an idea of the amount of time involved, the amount of heartbreak we'd have to endure as we wait, maybe THEN it would be easier.
But as this verse so clearly says, we don't get to know what will happen along the way. We must allow God to direct our steps and trust that God knows what he is doing!
Here's the challenge today for you and me: Don't surround yourself in the negative or the disappointing of your life today. Embrace the good that God has placed in your life!