Wow, was that a “14″ I wrote up there? Wasn’t it just yesterday we finished out the 90′s with the Y2K scare? It’s incredible to me that we’re already entering the year 2014! I think the holidays and the new year snuck up on me fast this time, and I was left somewhere back in November. But whether or not I’m ready, a new year is upon us, and all the blessings and testings that the Lord has in store for me this year are already in the making. Even before this new year hit, I knew what I was going to choose as my personal theme for 2014. It is not something that I have often done before, but occasionally I have chosen an area of my life to work on in the new year, or even less often have I actually made a “New Years Resolution.” But late last year, around the first couple weeks of November, the Lord gave me a song. I sang it in church once, and it has been on my mind and heart every since. I want to share that today, and also share a little about what it means to me in my walk with God.
My Father Planned It All
Verse 1: What tho’ the way be lonely, and dark the shadows fall; I know where’er it leadeth, My Father planned it all.
Verse 2: There may be sunshine tomorrow, Shadows may break and flee; ‘Twill be the way He chooses, The Father’s plan for me.
Verse 3: He guides my faltering footsteps Along the weary way, For well He knows the pathway Will lead to endless day.
Verse 4: A day of light and gladness On which no shade will fall; ‘Tis this at last awaits me – My Father planned it all.
Chorus: I sing thru the shade and the sunshine, I’ll trust Him whatever befall; I sing for I cannot be silent – My Father planned it all.
This song is such a blessing in a believers life when we can realize in our lives that anything and everything that happens in our life, God already knew. Not only did He know, He planned and orchestrated every part of our lives. He knows everything about us. Psalm 139:2 “[He] knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.” II Kings 19:27 “But I know thy abode, and thy going out, and thy coming in…” Our heavenly Father is not a busy Being flying around up there somewhere and every once in awhile He might check in on me. He is watching over me day and night, and He sees my strengths and my weaknesses. He knows what trials may befall me, and He sends that grace and strength over and over again that I need to keep me going.
God knows if you’re frustrated in your workplace.
God knows if you’re a parent of a struggling or rebellious teen. (Or in my case a mother of a two year in the process of potty training!)
God knows your work and labor of love, even when you’re not getting any appreciation.
God knows if your marriage is struggling.
God knows if you’ve lost a loved one.
God knows if you’ve hit hard financial times.
God knows if you’re tempted with _____________.
God also sees the good times. The laughter, and the blessings. The triumphs and the victories. He smiles, and delights to bless us.
My Father Planned It All. Why, you might be tempted to ask? To draw you closer to Himself as His child. He wants you to realize that you can trust in His strength when you don’t have any left of your own. You can trust in His promises, even when His ways seem to be outside of your understanding. Hebrews 10:23 “… he is faithful that promised.”