Is it possible to see God’s blueprints for us? How does trouble fit into those plans?
Years ago, I had a chance to manage a project to build a computer lab for the engineers at our company.
I was an engineering program manager and knew zilch about building a standing structure — I still need reminding whether to turn left or right to loosen a screw — but, the higher ups thought I could get a team from point A to B decently.
So, one day, I walked out of my boss’ office, with marching orders to meet with the lead architect and contractor to talk shop. I returned to my desk, struck with fear, and took my quarters to the vending machine for some chocolate relief.
At my kick-off meeting with an all male team of contractors, electricians, manufacturing vendors, and architect, I was petrified. As I sat there, at the table, all five feet of me sitting up as straight as I could, I unrolled the set of master blueprints and dove in with a prayer.
I had to laugh and chuckle at jokes I had no idea what they were about. I’m sure I provided plenty of entertainment for everyone that day. There was little pride left in me by the time we were done.
But, we got ‘er done.
As long as I returned to the blueprints, the guys were with me.
Where’re My Blueprints?
If only my life had a blueprint like that. Sure, I know God has the blueprint.
But, I don’t.
Every time I think I got it sorta figured out — what I’m supposed to be doing and how I can do it with a degree of joy, peace, and trust — it eventually comes.
Don’t get me wrong. I totally live it up and squeeze out the good times when they come my way. But, I know, life doesn’t stay that way. At least, not on this side of heaven.
The Trouble With Trouble
Some say part of God’s blueprints includes trouble, that God uses trouble to grow us and make us stronger. I do understand that to some extent. God says His strength in us grows when we tire and grow weak.
Maybe I’m splitting hairs when I say this… I don’t totally think that God puts trouble into our plans.
I think God does His work in spite of the trouble.
When God designed us and our lives, I believe He accounted for the problems we’d come across — whether they come from us, others or events that happen to us.
I view trouble, not so much as an ingredient in the blueprint.
Trouble is in the list of risks and environmental life factors that God took into account, when He constructed our blueprints.
His plan for us is to succeed, so that we can can stand up to the weight and fall of natural “life” disasters and stresses.
We are hard pressed on every side,but not crushed;
perplexed, but not in despair;
persecuted, but not abandoned;
struck down, but not destroyed.
2 Cor 4:8,9
God has the blueprint for my life. But, I think it’s more of a blueprint for who He wants me to become, rather than what I’m actually doing.
Sometimes what I do matches with who He wants me to be, but it doesn’t always happen.
I’ve had to do things that are a part of putting food on the table or taking care of life. These activities don’t have to change who I am inside. There is life outside of our day jobs and even outside our troubles.
It takes place with our loved ones, our friends, and those we help. And don’t forget those wonderful everyday hobbies and pleasures we take comfort and joy in.
They are part of God’s blueprint, too.
How do you see God’s blueprint taking form in your life?
How do you view trouble or conflict in everyday life — and God’s plan for you?[Today’s post was inspired by Laura Boggess’ wonderful Blueprint post at High Callings Blog ].
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