“Our destiny is only defined by how we deal with the chance elements to our life.”
Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump
We live in the unknown everyday of our lives but we may not realize it. We may be consumed with the here and now of working, family, illness, just going through the motions of life. Life will trap and paralyze you but the unknown is full of so many possibilities. I think back to all of the times I sat down reading my bible searching for something, something meaningful to grab onto, to get me through many days. Every single person that is included in scripture lived with the unknown, sometimes trusting God and other times, going their own way. Noah, who built an ark, had never seen rain before but was giving a task, he trusted and did what was asked. David threw a stone and didn’t know the plan that laid ahead, but he trusted. Paul, started out knowing his direction in his life until one blinding day on the road to Damascus. He was quite content with all of his hardships and weaknesses but still went through many struggles. Jonah wanted to set his own path in life but got swallowed by a whale, but it was not the path intended for him.
We make many plans for our lives in hopes of accomplishing them. Sometimes, our path is not the path intended for us and we are blindsided with the unknown. It is a time we need to search for guidance and direction and trust there is a purpose. When we are stopped in our path, we can either become consumed with our situation, sit in the dark in a pit of despair, look for the positive, allow it to give us strength, allow it to give us hope for what lies ahead, or trust there is a better plan for our life than what we originally thought.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”