A couple years ago, I was going through a season of many, many weddings and births. Every time I went to another shower or wedding, I simultaneously loved celebrating with my friends and felt left out of all the fun and moving to new seasons of life. I plaintively asked God why I couldn’t have that too. (I used to hope that I’d get married right after college, but that didn’t happen.)
His response* was almost instantaneous, “If you had gotten married right after college, you wouldn’t have been where I wanted you, wouldn’t have moved to this town and job and college ministry. Would you want to trade your experiences for the past six years to have gotten married earlier?”
A mental montage of highlights and lowlights played in my mind, experiences I would have missed. “No, of course not.”
“Do you want to trade what comes next in the your unique life story in order to live a pale imitation of someone else’s story?”
“Then what are you complaining about? You like your life and wouldn’t trade what I’m doing in it for a different life. Look, no two life stories are the same and you can’t have both your own and someone else’s. You can choose an imitation of another’s story; I am not forcing you into this. If you opt out of My dreams for you, you won’t ruin My master plan but you and everyone around you will miss out on the story I want to tell with your life.”
We each have the opportunity to be a real-life, walking-around, one-of-a kind display of God’s power, love, and infinite creativity.
The LORD directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the LORD holds them by the hand.
*No, it was not an audible response and I am not “hearing voices.” I believe God can and does speak to people in many different ways; this is simply how He spoke to me that day.