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!