Connect the dots

While walking with my wife and talking about our now nearly-grown children, I was reminded of connect-the-dot pictures. What fun! As a child, I enjoyed starting with a series of numbers and dots and, by the simple act of connecting one dot to the next in the correct sequence, watch an unexpected scene emerge.

In a similar way, my life has many dots. Some are connected. Some remain untouched.  Frankly, though, I’m not always as excited about waiting for the image to be revealed as I was during my childhood. I’m impatient. I want to know the answer now. I want to see the whole picture.

Jeremiah 29:11 is an often-quoted Bible verse. In a letter from Jeremiah the prophet to the Israelites captured and taken into Babylonian exile by King Nebuchadnezzar, God reassures his people through these words:

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

God already sees your picture as well. He knows your dots and their proper sequence. You can trust him. He is good.

Although I don’t always do it perfectly, I’ve found that when I am content to live at my current dot, when I don’t spend all my time looking forward or behind, I have peace. When I trust in God’s plan and I simply connect today’s dot to tomorrow’s, my life is surprisingly simple. I know there is a wonderful landscape that will be revealed in God’s proper time.

Connect those dots friend, one at a time, in their proper order. Your true picture awaits!

About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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