Where Divine Destiny Meets Devoted Paths
I wish we could sit down for a cup of coffee and talk about our life history and the events that have changed us. There is something about processing our stories that really puts things into perspective. It is funny how my story has changed over time. My history hasn’t, but I find myself skipping over events that once served as the key points. Everything seems to be put into perspective as the picture gets wider.
Life Is All About Perspective
This makes me wonder how God sees our lives. He has the benefit of living both inside and outside of time. So, His perspective is unique to say the least. Have you ever considered which events, troubles and successes would make the cut if God were to tell your story? That is a sobering thought, but I think it is worth the meditation. My perspective has changed quite a bit on this subject.
Honestly, I didn’t always believe that God really cared about the details of my life, hardships, heartbreaks or desires. I mostly thought of Him as a morality security system. If I did something wrong, I was sure He would be notified and correct the issue. Otherwise, I was sure that He was busy with something else. So if you asked me about my divine destiny, I would be at a loss for words.
Yet, the Bible makes it clear that God pays attention to us as individuals and not just as part of the whole mass of humanity. It also says that He is not limited by time or business. Yet, it was hard for me to digest thoughts of God watching me sleep and counting the hairs on my head. I would almost dismiss verses like this, subconsciously because I didn’t know what to do with them. They just didn’t fit with my worldview and what I “knew” about His character.
“I often think of the heavens your hands have made, and of the moon and stars you put in place. Then I ask, “Why do you care about us humans? Why are you concerned for us weaklings?” (Psalms 8:3-4 AMP)
What If the Bible is Right and God Does Care?
God does care? He cares enough to give us freewill and enough to draw us closer every chance we give Him. Even when I had no intention of turning to Him, He loved me. When I was heartbroken, He collected my tears and gently whispered promises of something better.
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:6-8 NIV)
My Own Personal Treasure Trove
I started a little collection of key verses that changed my heart towards God. This is my own personal treasure trove. Please take a minute to share your own favorite treasured verses in the comment box below. For me, Psalm 139 stands out the most and has completely changed my perspective. In particular, verses 17 and 18:
“How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them! Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand – when I awake, I am still with you.” (Psalm 139:17-18 NIV)
These are some more of my favorites:
“Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Matthew 10:29-31 NIV)
“You have taken account of my wanderings; Put my tears in Your bottle. Are they not recorded in Your book?” (Psalms 56:8 AMP)
“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit – fruit that will last – and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you.” – (John 15:13-16 NIV)
What are some of yours?