Do you ever find yourself asking these questions? What is the purpose of my life? What is God’s plan for my life? When we He reveal His plan to me? How long will I have to wait for Him to show me?
Well, my friend, you are not alone. I have asked, and asked again, many of these and other questions. Recently the Lord has really laid this lesson on my heart, “Meg, I am the Architect of your life. I know the plans I have for you and when I am ready, I will reveal them to you. Just wait on me.” Waiting is hard. It can be exhausting. The wonder will drive you crazy, if you let it. Believe me, I know. Too many times I’ve tried to “make” something happen before God’s timing and let me just say, it’s never good to get ahead of God. He knows the plans and can carry those plans out better than you or I can.
To illustrate this point, think about the role of an architect. The architect draws the plans, calculates the exact measurements and placements of every detail of a building. Before any building can begin, the plans must first be finalized. There are very specific steps in the process of construction that must be followed in order to build a solid, secure and safe building. The land must be cleared, graded and leveled. When pouring the foundation, the mason has to wait for the concrete to set, cure and solidify. The walls must be constructed perfectly straight and in alignment with each other. The roof, windows and doors are placed for protection from the outside elements. Crucial systems such as electrical, plumbing and healthy air circulation must be properly installed to ensure internal safety. What’s the point in all of this? It is essential for every system, function and element in the construction process to be carried out according to the plan, and given the proper time.
The Architect has the plans completed, long before the building process begins.
This is just like our walk with Christ. It starts with a plan. “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper and not harm; plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) Even before He created us (built us), He had a plan – a blueprint – for our life. He holds the blueprint to your life. He is the All-Knowing Architect. He knows everything about your past, the present and your future ahead. Perhaps it’s time to start asking Him to reveal it to you instead of trying to construct something outside of His will. Take it from me, I’ve tried that route and I only made a crumbling mess of things, mostly because I rushed things and went ahead of Him. But, have you ever heard the expression “it stood against the test of time”? No good, lasting thing was built in a matter of hours. Just ask Noah. That big boat took time to build. And when the flood came, I’m sure he was glad he hadn’t rushed the process of building. He did it according to God’s plan, and to his timeline.
Waiting. It’s hard and honestly, I am not good at it. I am, by nature, a planner. I like to know when something is going to happen and how it is going to happen. By virtue of this, I am a very impatient person. Maybe you are too. But, Psalm 127:1 speaks of the value in waiting for God to do His work: “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain.” Laboring in vain means you wear yourself out, lose a lot of sleep and spin emotional wheels, unnecessarily. All of which leads to fatique, bitterness and frustration. It’s not a fun place to be. I have learned the very hard-headed way, that waiting on the Lord to do the work in you and for His purpose is worth it. The outcome is always so much better than anything we attempt to construct on our own strength.
Maybe I’ve jumped ahead. Perhaps you are living your life without Christ; you don’t know Him personally. Let today be the day that you turn your life over to Him by accepting the grace He offers through His work on the cross. He desperately wants to start the clearing out process in your life. He wants to rid you of guilt, shame, and selfishness. Will you allow Him to begin leveling your spiritual landscape so the building process can begin? It’s awesome to watch His craftsmanship. It’s even better to experience it personally.
Lord, thank you for continuing to build my life in the way you planned it. Thank you for your promise to never leave me even when the building seems to take forever. Help me to rest in You while I wait and completely step in obedience to the plan you have for me. Please forgive me for my impatience. In Jesus’ name. Amen