I’m not sure about you, but I’ve found that my life’s path has taken more unexpected turns than well-planned and executed turns, like the guy who stuck his truck in a cherry tree due to blindly following his GPS. I can chuckle at the obvious mistake this driver made, but I know, deep down, that my life is no less messy with turns I’ve made. It just so happens my turns haven’t (yet) resulted in a car dangling from a tree. Please call 911 if you happen to be driving behind me when that happens.
Our confidence, thankfully, is found in someone other than ourselves, something other than our strength and wit to make every turn flawlessly.
As I sit in the aftermath of a decision I’ve made or even in the wake of a sin I’ve committed, I can return to Christ and find him unmoved in his hold on me with his wise purposes marching on. He is utterly sovereign and utterly gracious. There is no need to fret over missed turns or boats that we think we ought to have boarded long ago.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. (Isaiah 55:8)
He will have his way, and it will be for my good – even if it never seems to make sense to me.