destiny & marbles

holding hands

Whether or not they believe in God, most people I know believe in fate, in destiny. That there’s a higher power at work in this mad world.

But what does that look like? God in the sky playing with the universe like marbles?

Sometimes it can feel like he’s throwing everything up in the air and watching where it lands, just for fun. Sometimes it can feel like he’s playing with our lives like a kid plays with playmobil figures. Or worse, he started playing then wandered off to do something else, leaving the dog free to come and knock everything sideways.

I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently. About how life often doesn’t turn out the way you’d expected, the way you’d hoped. But then in my life I can always look back and say “oh yeh, that was for the best” regardless of how awful something seemed at the time.

The bible says that God has planned all the days of my life, that he carefully takes care of my steps, that he knows me and knows what’s best for me. And I believe that. It doesn’t always feel like it. But it’s in those times when its hard to imagine his hand in it all that I absolutely have to believe that. To have that hope that at some point in the future I’ll look back and say once again, “oh yeh, that was for the best. That worked out just perfectly”.

It’s always easy too to look at other people’s lives and think that they have it all. But firstly, do you really know what’s going on? How many people know about the storms that sometimes rage in your head, heart & soul? My guess is-not many.

And secondly, my journey is perfectly mine. So is yours. God wrote my life story a long long time ago and he didn’t write it with the leftovers of anybody else’s. It’s all mine. Yours is all yours. Sure there are a lot of curve balls, and you find yourself whizzing left when you were headed right. But ultimately you always end up looking back saying “oh yeh, that was for the best”.

And anyway God isn’t up there in the sky playing marbles, or with a dolls house, he’s down here with us, with me, with you. It’s less like chess, more like stuck in the mud.

About bethanywheeler

I'm Bethany, a thirtysomething wife and mum. I love my family, my friends and my church, and I'm passionate about being part of them becoming all they were created to be. I'm a talker. Hopefully I listen in equal measure. I love a good debate about real stuff, but only if it results in a list of actions!
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