“But as it is written: What eye did not see and ear did not hear, and what never entered the human mind — God prepared this for those who love Him.”
1 Corinthians 2:9 HCSB
This passage has stuck in my head all week. I get a bible verse from the Bible App everyday and after reading this one I went in to read the whole chapter to get more context. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians is talking about “God’s hidden wisdom in a mystery, in a wisdom God predestined for the ages for our glory.” My understanding is that Paul was writing that God had planned it all from the beginning and that had the world known that Jesus was the Messiah it might not have turned out the way it did, the way God wanted it to happen. God revealed Jesus to us by the Spirit.
I won’t begin to say I understand Paul’s writing 100% of the time. Sometimes, he is very complex and layered. In fact a lot of the time his writing is that way. But it gets you thinking.
So I mulled over the passages meaning to me and how it might apply to my life. When I look back on the events of my life through the lens of my relationship with God, I can see why things happened the way that they happened. The good things, but more importantly the bad or difficult things. I can see how they shaped me and my life. There is a perfection in it that I just didn’t see in the moment. At the time when they occurred I wondered why, but in hindsight they made perfect sense. For example, we experienced a miscarriage that put my wife in the hospital. My wife and I searched for the why afterward. We didn’t know at the time that God was preparing us for our daughter. But going through that made our resolve to be parents that much stronger and further strengthened our marriage.
Looking to the future it is much harder to see the path God has laid out for me. The reason is quite frankly my (our) humanity. I want things to be the way I want them to be. I want control and think that because this is what I see as the future, then that is the way it is supposed to be. But if I knew where God was taking me I wouldn’t learn anything from the experiences as they occur. There are going to be difficult times, but God’s Love, Grace, and Spirit will get me and us through.
So each little setback. Each time I am stuck in traffic. Each time a minor inconvenience is thrown at me. I should just trust that it’s all a part of God’s plan. I’m getting better at it, but still need a lot of work. And those little times are all opportunities to strengthen my trust in God and His perfect plan. God Bless!