My friend, may I ask you a question? We may think that we’ve got it right, that it really couldn’t get any better than it already is by our own planning and execution, only to discover that God has other plans that may include eliminations or do-overs?
My friend, life’s a story, welcome to This Passing Day. I’m Mark Brunner.
I love to write. There are few things in this life I enjoy more than sitting down and cranking out a story, a letter, or some marketing copy. Yet, as with most writers, there are few things worse than putting your thoughts down into a digital file only to forget to save it and lose it because of a computer bug, human or system error. This happened to me recently as I was writing a treatment for a video script I was working on. I had nearly finished it but had forgotten to hit save during the course of my writing. Bang! I lost it somehow. That’s one of the most frustrating feelings I know; having to start all over when you’re nearly done and you’ve invested a lot of time and creative thought into something. The strange thing about it, though, is this. Every time that happens, the good thing that I wrote becomes even better the second time I write it, however unwillingly. It’s an almost flawless rule. Despite the fact that I am frustrated and annoyed beyond measure, the product of the redo is usually much better than what I originally wrote. Despite that fact, it doesn’t make starting over any less frustrating.
When it comes to our lives and starting over it’s really no different. We may think that we’ve got it right, that it really couldn’t get any better than it already is by our own planning and execution, only to discover that God has other plans that may include eliminations or do-overs.
Here’s a story: Film maker Walt Disney was ruthless in cutting anything that got in the way of a story’s pacing. Ward Kimball, one of the animators for Snow White, recalls working 240 days on a 4 1/2 minute sequence in which the dwarfs made soup for Snow White and almost destroyed the kitchen in the process. Disney thought it was funny, but he decided the scene stopped the flow of the picture, so out it went. (Kenneth Langley.)
When the film of our lives is shown, will it be as great as it might have been? Believe it or not, a lot will depend on the multitude of “good” things we needed to eliminate in order to make way for the great things God wanted to do through us. It’s never fun to endure frustration due to expectations that don’t work out. I guess that’s a rule of thumb that pretty much applies to all of us. Like most people, I usually think I know when things are the way they need to be; but then a computer crash or something else intervenes and all bets are off. God wants you and I to persevere. He knows just how long that perseverance needs to be and when it needs to end. We, on the other hand, usually have no clue as to the timing of changes in our lives. Instead of being frustrated by the things that don’t work out the way we had planned them, it would be better to note this universal rule: God makes all things better even though they seemed just good enough when they occurred the first time. Sometimes the only thing that stands in our way to being improved are the good things we so strongly embrace, not willing to let go, that we don’t know could be a whole lot better when God simply chooses to improve them without telling us first.
We pray. Heavenly Father, we are so sure of ourselves sometimes that we fail to recognize that what we feel is good, perhaps even perfect, is still subject to your judgment of what is the best thing of us. When you introduce do-overs into our lives, we become frustrated, even angry. Forgive us Lord when we show impatience and anger over things that happen in our lives that are really for our best, but we just don’t know it. In Jesus name we pray. Amen
Therefore my friend, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry for itself; each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:34) This Passing Day. May this passing day honor our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and be a blessing to you and everyone you meet. Find a stranger and say hello. Don't let another day pass without your day blessing someone else.
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