As I watched my grandson build a cabin with his Lincoln Logs, I reminisce about my son when he was that age. He used to play with those same Lincoln Logs and make parking lots for his cars. Now he is 18 and working on real cars!! Where has time gone? I observe my grandson’s tiny hands building with such excitement. He patiently places each log where he wants them and then after completed and satisfied with his masterpiece, he turns around and destroys it!!!! What??? Why? After all that work! And he just says… “Oh no!” and then continues to play with something else. No hard feeling, no stress, no remorse, nothing…nada. I think he did feel a little tiny bit of sadness because he said, “oh no”, but that was the extent of it.
How come us adults suffer so much after a mess up? We work so hard, we plan our careers, do our best at our jobs, plan the best for our families, plan vacations, all our future and then when these things happen to get messed up, we just can’t let it go. We don’t understand. Why can’t our life go as we plan? Either because of our choices or it just happens, when something goes wrong, we don’t get it and it really bothers us, it takes away our sleep and sometimes makes us question God, especially if we have prayed for a certain response.
Let us remember who is in control. God is in control of our life. He knows the plans that he has for us even though we do not understand it now. Let us be like children. May we live each moment enjoying the present and when life gets in the way and it appears as our dreams and hopes have been destroyed, just say “oh no” and continue playing with something else. Let us go to the creator, the one who holds the whole world in his hands and trust that it will get better. He knows the purpose behind each situation and trust that someday it will be revealed to us.
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. Jeremiah 29:11. God wrote our story, even before he created us. He knows the reason it plays out how it does. God is not finished with us. He continues to work in you and me. It is at God time that we will see his plan a reality in our life.