It’s God’s Puzzle (not mine)

Ephesians Study,  Reflections from week 1
Ephesians 1:1-14

Key Verse: …And he is the One who makes everything agree with what he decides and wants. Ephesians 1:11

Ephesians 1 insists again and again that we are what we are because God willed it so. It’s His plan, not ours, that leads to our salvation. It is God who decides what is going to happen- and when it’s going to happen. The year 2012 can’t dictate God’s plan. The outcome of any measure vote or election can’t dictate God’s plan. God really is in control of it all.

And that means I can’t be.

God is the one who makes everything happen according to his plan.

Imagine time is a giant puzzle. God is the one assembling the puzzle and we are all the pieces.  As a small piece of the big picture I have a very limited understanding of what the final picture is supposed to look like. And that’s OK. It’s not my job to know how it’s all going to fit together. God knows. If I just sit tight and wait on Him he will rotate me around and place me perfectly where I belong.

He can do that because He knows the whole picture.

The lesson here is that I need to stop worrying about things beyond my control and fully accept that nothing is beyond His. I just need to trust… Yes, there’s that word again- TRUST. I can do this by no longer asking Him to bless my plan, but instead accept my role in His.
Are you there too?

Father in Heaven, Thank you for giving me a place in your plan. Help me to learn to appreciate your timing better. Help me to remember, especially as I grow impatient, that your timing really is the best timing. I know that what feels like a delay to me is often just you using my circumstance to build my character. Thank you God for never giving up on me but for continuing to build my character into something more beautiful, more faithful, more loving. Continue to challenge me in whatever ways are necessary to make me all that you see I can be. Forgive me for my impatience. Thank you for seeing the part of me that is trying to remember to just rest in you. I release all my concerns to you now LORD. I know you know just what to do with them. Thank you for all your care. In Jesus name, Amen.

Ephesians 1:15-23: When Paul Prays

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