God gives us choices in the midst of inevitable storms in our lives. While those tempests will vary in intensity and frequency, as His child, we are given the freedom to choose how to think about them, what to name them, how to frame them in our hearts and minds. Then our souls can be propelled forward into the glory of the purposes He has prepared for us, both here and in the next life. We don’t need to accept the labels, judgments, or analyzations of others. God is the One who allows storms in our lives, who always blesses, and who has the ultimate and true paradigm for us to hold.
“’For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways’ declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts your thoughts.” Isaiah 55: 8-9
This is for those who have believed or been taught through various means that they are the untalented, unchosen, unwanted, and unloved. This is for the “Leahs” who believe themselves unworthy next to the “Rachels”, or at the very least, mediocre in the face of what appears to be the most excellent lives around them. Our value in the world, but also to a large extent in the church as a whole, has been based on performance defined by whatever “box” is popular at the time. At once unloving, unkind, and unbiblical, these mindsets are diametrically opposed to God’s ways. Are we living under the power of toxic shame and dishonor, or under the power of faith? God is directing our unconcluded story, our incomplete artwork, the unfinished opus of our lives.
The importance of the calling of our lives may not be visible or understandable for a very long time. We lose our sense of security in the midst of the maelstrom. We lose our stability, and sense of direction in the middle of our failures and regrets. Yet this, too, is part of God’s plan. When we move forward in faith as Peter did in Matthew 14, stepping out on the water in the middle of a storm to walk toward Jesus on the water as Jesus commanded him, focused on Jesus’ love, and crying out to Him…this is where God works His most wonderful miracles. Why? Because that is where we have loosened our grip on controlling the outcome and allowed His divine power to work, the power that transcends everything and anything we could ever know, the power that redeems every bad decision, the power that has no expiration date. God is above every situation you have. Everything is part of His plan.
Remember the story of Leah, whom the Bible tells us was unloved by her husband Jacob in favor of her sister Rachel. It was through her son Judah’s tribe that the Messiah was born. Remember Joseph, how his being sold into slavery in Egypt ended up saving the nation of Israel from starvation. Scripture is filled with the history of people who were the least likely to be chosen, or who had screwed up badly by making bad or sinful decisions, taking things into their own hands. God still gave them His promise, His purpose, His hope, and His blessing. Commit yourself to seeing God’s hand in every situation. Learn to see your failures as a compost heap for God growing His garden in you. He blesses you so that you can become a blessing to others. Be submitted to the process, for the seemingly discordant notes of the storms are a dramatic backdrop for the majesty of God’s crescendo of light. He is the maestro of the music of our lives.
“For I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure.’” Isaiah 46: 9b-10