A few days ago, I wrote a blog entitled The Challenges That We Face. One of the verses I mentioned was John 16:33 which says:
I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.
What a glorious thing to know! In this world we will have trouble but we are to take heart because Jesus has overcome the world. So, why aren't we taking heart? Because we really don't believe what He has said. Why? Because there are often times when we pray and things just don't seem to go according to our plan.
Our plan? Why am I saying "our plan"? Don't I mean "God's plan"? No, I don't. You see, part of the problem is that we tend to confuse our plan with God's plan. The plan we have all neatly laid out in our head is not necessarily God's plan. In fact, I daresay that it rarely is and though we do not understand the ins and outs of it, His plan is always better than our plan.
Over the years, I have worked on a number of theatrical productions. Most of the time these productions have involved amatuer actors and it seems like they always know exactly how the director should stage the show. Usually the actor is only paying attention to their particular role, not the role of others. They think about what they say, what they do and how they can showcase themselves to the audience. They give little thought to the location or actions of the other actors on stage unless it directly pertinent to them.
The director on the other hand looks at the whole picture. While it may seem reasonable to Actor A to enter downstage left, the director knows that is it better to enter upstage right so that they are in the right place at the right time without infering with the movements of Actor B.
We are not "The Director", God is. He knows the story perfectly and has set all of us onto the Stage of Life. Each one of us is perfect for the role God has placed us in. Oh, we made need to work on it a lot but He placed us in it for a reason and He will teach us and help us with it until we do it the way He wants us to do it. The thing is, we have to listen to The Director and remember that we are not the director, God is.
Who is sitting in the director's chair in your life?
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This is such a well-written blog, and this line.. "The director on the other hand looks at the whole picture."... is a great metaphoric line for the theme of your blog.
I really enjoyed reading this, and the question with which you leave at the end is one we need to ask ourselves - "daily."