i am in a new Bible study this fall. we started up two weeks ago. as sort of an icebreaker, we read a short article and discussed it. i had little to say, mostly because i was in awe of the different interpretations of the content of the article. some people took it one way, some took it another way. some people read into things, others took it literally. some people’s thoughts matched mine, others varied a great deal.
as we studied the Word last thursday night, i was again noticing all of the interpretations. for some of the questions, i had no answers. for some of the questions, i changed my answers as i listened to others explain their answers. for some questions, i totally disagreed with the answers of others.
on my way home from my study, i was thanking the Lord for the opportunity to be a part of a group where different interpretations can be shared and learning and growing can take place. and then it struck me that what He has done in my life is so clear that there is no room for interpretation. at least not in my eyes. and i was overwhelmed with gratitude. and i thanked Him for making His course for my life so obvious. i thanked Him for doing something so obvious in my life. i really can’t blindly pass by unexplained infertility, the calling to adopt, or the three little ones who live in my home. i know He can do subtle things to get our attention, to direct us. i thanked Him for doing something clear for me.
i don’t understand. why infertility? why abuse? why neglect? why a broken home? why a broken family? why? oh, why?
i don’t need to understand.
“for My thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways My ways,”
declares the Lord.
“as the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
if you trace any part of this story, it all points to Him. if you take it back to the beginning, it begins with Him. if you look at the big picture, you see Him.
during my conversation with Him, this song came to mind.
“oh the Glory of it all is
He came here
for the rescue of us all
that we may live
for the glory of it all
oh the Glory of it all is
He is here
for redemption from the fall
that we may live
for the glory of it all”
glory of it all ~ dcb
He came here. He rescued us. He provided redemption from the fall. ALL so that WE MAY LIVE FOR THE GLORY OF IT ALL.
this story. my story. His story in me is all for His glory.
this seems to be a major theme in my life lately, realizing and understanding it’s not about me at all, but that it’s all for His glory. though i have known this for a long time, it’s an entirely different thing to attempt to grasp it. i pray i am somehow able to do that. that i am somehow able to take myself out of the equation. i pray that when people see our family, they see Him. i pray that as our children grow and learn, they see Him too.