Thursday, July 27, 2006

Life is an adventure

"'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

Sometimes we read this verse and think that God's plans are like a street plan or an architect's building plan which are very rigid. Yet our lives often seem like a series of unconnected hotchpotch events that bares no resemblance to a plan and we begin to think we must have somehow missed God.

However in Psalm 32:8-9 God tells us, "I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go … Do not be like the horse or the mule, which have no understanding but must be controlled by bit and bridle or they will not come to you." Here we see that God's plans are not set in concrete. We do have understanding and God expects us to use it. We are not mere pawns that God moves around on a chess board.

We need to see our lives as an adventure story rather than a building plan. An adventure where anything could happen; an adventure that fills us with an expectation of what God might do; an adventure where we may need to take risks; an adventure where we may have to live with ambiguity and insecurity; an adventure where we don't always know how things are going to turn out. Yet an adventure where God is always in control, instructing us and teaching us as He seeks to guide us in His purposes.

One of the songs we are currently singing in our Sunday School program has as the chorus: "On our adventure anything could happen so it sure is good to know God is everywhere". It sure is.

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kevin beck said...

Susan,These are wonderful thoughts. Thank you for posting them. I love the way you take apart the "building plan" approach and offer something much better, much deeper, much more real. Thanks.

Wendy said...

Eccl. 8:15
So I commend the enjoyment of life, because nothing is better for a man under the sun than to eat and drink and be glad. Then joy will accompany him in his work all the days of the life God has given him under the sun.

When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe man's labor on earth—his eyes not seeing sleep day or night- then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all his efforts to search it out, man cannot discover its meaning. Even if a wise man claims he knows, he cannot really comprehend it...
So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God's hands, but no man knows whether love or hate awaits him."

I love Ecclesiastes only because it lets me know that I have not been the only one to think this way ... the wisest man known to man's history, according to the scriptures, saw it like it is here.

So,yes, Life is an adventure and it comes out ok for some and not ok for others and there seems to be no rhyme or reason to it ...

Makes it easy to put all pointing fingers away when you realize that noone can figure things out here and the sun shines and the rain pours on the righteous and the unrighteous and those who are righteous sometimes get what the unrighteous deserve and vice versa.

So I try to take the advice and enjoy my life even when it hurts ... :-)

Laugh lots, I say. There is no greater gift than to see the ludicrous, in every situation, no matter how morbid.

Monty Python, anyone? LOL

Read your article, Kevin.

and Susan, I visitied Trav box and started the pasta list :-) Your kid is hilarious ... :-)

Susan said...

Yes, my son likes to run a very random kind of blog. You never know if you are going to get a deadly serious or a completely whacky post! Fits in rather well with life being an adventure.