I remember a time in recent years that church work felt like that for me. We moved across the country, leaving family and friends and a church community that I dearly loved, to take on another ministry challenge. After several years in my new position, I was struggling to see why God allowed the stress that was affecting my faith, my family and my sanity.
Finally, I sat down with a Pastor/friend of mine and dribbled my irritation all over his desk. He leaned forward, looked me dead in the eye and simply said, “EITHER, God has made a terrible mistake OR He has you here for a purpose.” EITHER … OR.
Now, I know the character of God. I know that He isn’t surprised by anything and that He orchestrates and weaves my life story into a saga that is uniquely mine. Based on that truth, I had to reject the EITHER and accept the OR. God knows what He is doing. He isn’t surprised by anything and He doesn’t make mistakes.
Fast forward (or reverse) to June 3rd of last year. God knew (even before she was born) that Makenzie would be on a photo shoot with her dance friends that night. He knew that at 8:06pm, they would get into the car and start their journey home. He knew that the beautiful sunset He painted on the canvas of the sky, would be Makenzie’s last on this earth. He knew that at 8:10pm, at a horrible intersection in Houston, that their car and a truck would violently meet, taking Makenzie’s life and changing countless others.
God did not stand on the corner, witness the accident and say, “WHOA! I didn’t see that coming.” (That’s the EITHER, which I have rejected). Somehow, in some way, for some reason, my precious Lord scripted that scene to fit within the greater play.
Right now, I see glimpses of purpose; shadows of His plan. And as the whole thing unfolds I will reject the EITHER and accept the OR.
“I don’t think the way you think.
The way you work isn’t the way I work. God’s Decree.” (Isaiah 55:8, The Message… Click to read this in context)
Life Changing Links …
- Tribute Video played at Makenzie’s Celebration Service.
- Makenzie’s Celebration Service Online – Click Here
- “I Dance For You My King” (Video: Makenzie’s song by Anthony Celia)
- “Image of Grace” (Video: Song written and played by Nathan Stocker)
- “Makenzie Memories” (a blog by one of her best friends, Katie Davis)