“Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array.” –Genesis 2:1 (NIV)
When we read the Creation account in the first chapter of Genesis, it is both interesting and assuring to mediate on how God created the world. Each step is meant to be a preparation for the next. Plants need soil to root themselves in, and water and light to aid in their growth. This is why God beforehand created light, the sky, and dry land on the first, second, and third days. Where would the birds fly and where would they rest? Before God created the birds on the fifth day, He created the sky on the second day and the trees on the fourth day. Those trees would not only be sources of shelter, but sources of food as well. On the fifth day God created fish for additional sustenance, which in turn would not survive if God had not created water on the second day. Neither would the livestock or wild animals of the sixth day survive if there was not the land and gathered waters of the third day, the vegetation of the fourth, and fish of the fifth. To top it all off, God created man, and brought him into a world where everything he will ever need will be provided for.
Often, it seems that we can never make sense of our lives. Everything, at least from our perspective, seems to be one random event after another. It can be distressing, especially after we’ve tried to connect the dots on our own understanding and failed to draw meaning from it all. Yet it is at these moments, when we are perplexed over our destination in life, that we should take comfort in God’s perfect will for us as His children.
Nothing is random in God’s eyes. He has ordained every event in our lives towards a specific plan; a plan that He assures will never be meant to harm us, but to give us a bright future and hope. More often than not, I find that those seemingly random events and decisions in my life, were actually guided by God to prepare me for something grand and glorious. However, we tend to see this big picture only in retrospect. I have often thought in my moments of confusion that it would be nice if God could reveal to me the entirety of His plan for my life. But then I realize that life would not only be dull and predictable, it would be a life where faith could not grow. It is in the unknown, in times when we seem to be groping in the dark, where we learn to place our faith in God and hold onto Him. May we take assurance in the fact that God has a specific and beautiful plan for our lives. A plan which only requires that we surrender our cares, our confusion, our concerns to Him and place our trust in His perfect wisdom.
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.