As I sit here looking out my window, I’m amazed at the weather. The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the trees and the flowers are budding, and my allergies are beginning to act up! What a contrast to last year! I remember it being cold and damp into June, and it seemed like the trees were never going to get their leaves. For the first time in my life I knew what “seasonal affective disorder” was like!
Life is like that. There are good times and bad times. Sometimes we expect one thing and we get another, like snow in May or seventy degree weather in March. The wisdom of Forrest Gump comes to mind: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
That’s difficult for me. I’m always the one looking at the inside of the lid to figure out what kind of chocolate I’m about to eat! I try to figure out life too, but so many things are out of my control. (Like the weather!) It can be quite discouraging sometimes, and I know that many of you feel the same way.
That’s why we all need to remember the wisdom of James 4:13-15. It says, “Come now, you who say, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy or sell, and make a profit’; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. Instead you ought to say, ‘If the Lord wills, we shall live and do this or that.’”
Robert Burns put it this way: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” Yes, our plans do. But we have to realize that God is on his throne, and he has a plan and a purpose for all things, so we need to put our trust in Him. And, when things don’t work out the way we want or expect, that’s when we need to “trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:5-6).