Monday, August 25, 2008

Ideals in the scheme of things, mean nothing

Once again, our family dreams have been put on hold. Not that we ever had a "tight plan" of those dreams, but we thought it would happen sooner than later. I'm trying to be content with that. I feel confident that all the stitches of this tapestry called "Life" are being woven into a beautiful picture I just cannot see yet. But I'll admit, right now I do feel like the twisted thread on the underside of a masterpiece.
Isaiah 55:8-9 says:
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,"
declares the LORD.
"As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts."
This I must trust in when my "seemingly good ideals" are squashed by the circumstances of life. His ideals will ring true, in the end. And who's to say that the right now is not fulfilling those ideals, yet in a different way....His way?
In that I must trust.
I know of no greater simplifier for all of life. Whatever happens is assigned. Does the intellect balk at that? Can we say that there are things that happen to us that do not belong to our lovingly assigned "portion"("This belongs to it, that does not") Are some things, then, out of the control of the Almighty? Every assignment is measured and controlled for my eternal good. As I accept the given portion, other options are canceled. Decisions become much easier, directions clearer, and hence my heart becomes inexpressibly quieter. A quiet heart is content with what God gives.
~Elisabeth Elliot

6 comments:

Rain said...

Thank you for sharing these thoughts and E.E.'s quote. This is EXACTLY where I am at right now. And am finding it such a peaceful place despite myself. In the past this is the kind of thing that would lead me to a full on temper tantrum. God is good! And we can KNOW that HIS plans are better than ours which is where the hope comes in and roams.

Anonymous said...

Hang in there Andrea! Hope you and yours are doing well. :)

Ami

Monica said...

There is sometimes more fruit to be had in the process than in the destination. I pray that you continue to find peace.

suchthings.ca said...

I love the story of Elisabeth Elliot.

Sheila said...

My big plans for this fall have "fallen" through. Thank you for this post. I needed it.

Carrie at dumptrucksandteacups said...

Sending love... It's a journey, isn't it?