The notice on our front door informed us that road crews would soon begin sealing the cracks on our street. There were hundreds of cracks on our blacktop, as there were in our entire neighborhood. How could they possibly seal each crack?
The machines’ noise and strong tar smell notified us when the workers arrived. One worker vacuumed the street, an interesting process all by itself, and then a crew followed after him. Their task was to guide the black tar substance as it came out of the machine onto the road. They didn’t seal every crack, but created a unique design over the entire surface.
Later that week as I walked the neighborhood I noticed that each street had exactly the same pattern of tar whether there were hundreds of cracks or just a few. A puzzle. What was the point of this design?
It’s exactly like the design God has for our lives. Not evident to us at the time, it is always the best design regardless of our individual circumstances. I know this to be true from my own life.
My husband and I had hoped to have children soon after we were married. Years went by and we were no closer to having a baby. I prayed, begged and pleaded with God to send us a child. After seven frustrating years, he sent us our first son through a miraculous adoption. We brought him home on March 1, 1989. Less than two years later on February 10, 1991, our biological son was born. God’s plan at work, invisible to me at the time – brought us double blessings.
Eventually I learned that the scientifically designed sealing process prevents further deterioration, which if left alone would definitely occur. Isn’t that just like me? I insist on living life my way, but my loving Heavenly Father’s design prevents me from doing greater damage to my life.
In spite of the miracle of my two sons, my sinful nature needs daily reminding that God’s design is best and no matter what the circumstances are I need to trust in His plan and not my own.
“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
How about your life? I would love to hear from you. Please share how you have you seen the evidence of God’s plan on your life, or how you have struggled with giving God control.