This week I had the opportunity to experience God’s provisions in a neat way. It occurred on one of the first full days of sun after a long period of wet, damp weather. The main goal for the day was to cut the grass as it was quite long from all the recent rain. However, my true desire was to enjoy the beautiful day with my friend/housemate by going for a bike ride or hike. Due to some evening plans, the time frame to accomplish this was about 4.5 hours.
You can probably see where this is going. My friend and I did not go biking or hiking due to the lawn taking 2.5 times longer than normal due to its rain inspired growth spurt. The added time was due to our decision to bag the grass clippings- something we normally don’t do. This meant that one person manned the mower as the other was on-hand to help empty the mower bag about every 5 minutes.
My point in this whole matter? God gave me my heart’s desire… just not how I thought it would look. I spent the afternoon with my friend outside in God’s creation enjoying the sunshine. Granted it was doing “work” rather than “play”, yet my two desires were still fulfilled.
We tend to look at life from only our perspective. We want things our way rather than being open to His way. Sometime we believe that if something doesn’t happen how we think it should have then it either didn’t occur or was wrong. A prime example of this is when Jesus was describing His future death to His disciples, and Peter started to rebuke Him for doing so. Jesus turned to him, and said, “’Get away from me, Satan!’ … ‘You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.’” (Mark 8:33, NLT) Peter didn’t want his Lord to suffer and die; however, Jesus knew that those things must occur in order for Peter and the world to have the opportunity for eternal life. Aren’t you glad Jesus didn’t listen to Peter and decide not to die for your sins? I know I am!
“Then Jesus began to tell them that the Son of Man must suffer many terrible things and be rejected by the elders, the leading priests, and the teachers of religious law. He would be killed, but three days later he would rise from the dead. As he talked about this openly with his disciples, Peter took him aside and began to reprimand him for saying such things. Jesus turned around and looked at his disciples, then reprimanded Peter. ‘Get away from me, Satan!’ he said. ‘You are seeing things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s.’ Then, calling the crowd to join his disciples, he said, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must give up your own way, take up your cross, and follow me.'” Mark 8:31-34 (NLT)