A building or some edifice we have constructed may not remain but the character of God worked into us in each situation will. We look at the work of our hands and think that is our legacy. God looks on the impact upon our heart and sees that as our legacy. Whether an organization or a material site remains is not the issue. What happened by the grace of God acting upon our heart is the issue. Man looks at the outward appearance, God looks at the heart.
Our life is under His scrutiny. He is watching over us to protect us. He said He would never leave us nor forsake us. He has a plan for our life and is working to will and to act of His good purpose. Even with this assurance of His involvement in my life and yours there are times when it seems like I am running into brick walls. Why God, if You are leading me, can I not move forward? Why is everything so confusing? Why does it seem like I am moving forward one step and then back two? What’s up with that?
Could it be that we are limiting our focus and perspective of what He is doing? Could I be looking at only one level when He is working on a larger scale with many levels? I think it is similar to using a map when we try to get direction from the Lord.
One time our family was trying to find our way to this beach that a young woman had described as the most beautiful that she had seen in all her travels. The beach had been so built up in her description that we desperately wanted to visit it. No matter how hard we tried, following the directions that my wife gave, we could not find it. Finally I pulled over, took the map for myself and realised we were turning the wrong way at this one corner every time. We were going away instead of towards the beach. When I told Bonnie we were going right instead of left, she was adamant that I was wrong. I turned the map around for her so that north was oriented to the direction we had come from and she immediately agreed with the change. Having the overall picture right made the immediate route clear before us.
Recently I realised that I have only been looking at the immediate route before me rather than the overall picture of what the Lord has been doing over the last 4 years. When I draw back to a higher vantage point, I can see clearly what He has been doing and why I couldn’t go forward as I wished. Adjusting my orientation to His plans has made it much clearer to see where I am going.