Birthdays always make me very reflective. As I celebrated another year of life this week, I thought about how I never would have pictured my life the way it is now. If it had been up to me, I would have a much different life. It's not that I'm in a bad place now, I have a good life with great family, friends, church, job and the list goes on. It's just that it's not what I would have planned for myself.
I'm a planner. I like to schedule things in advance and plan out what I'll be doing and when. But I've learned you can't plan life. Unexpected things happen, and life doesn't always make sense. But thankfully when we don't think life makes sense, God can see the full picture.
A song that's meant a lot to me recently is "I'll Trust the Potter's Hand" by the Whisnants. It's a great reminder of Who is in control and how He always knows best.
The chorus of this song simply states that:
"I'll trust the potter's hands, He knows what's best for me,
He has a perfect plan these human eyes can't see,
He's the potter I'm the clay,
He knows just how much I can take,
When I face the fire again I'll trust the potter's hands."
I've often questioned where God has me and why I've gone through certain trials in my life. But God has a perfect plan, and He can see my entire life and knows from beginning to end every detail. It all makes perfect sense to Him, how He's preparing me for the future, even though I can't see it now.
The second verse mentions God molding us into His design. Wouldn't
I much rather be molded into who He wants me to be and not try to go my own way? Who am I to question an omnipotent and omniscient God? It's so much better to trust Him to mold us into what and where He wants us to be.
Even when I don't understand where life brings me, I can trust that God's preparing me for His will and purpose. God knows exactly how much I can take. When I don't understand the trial or circumstances and feel that I can't take anymore, I can be assured that I'm in His hands. And I can trust the Potter's Hand.
"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." - Jeremiah 29:11