Over the last few weeks, Amanda and I have been renovating our apartment in Bankstown, as it is currently between tenants.
At first I thought this project was relatively straightforward. Some new flooring, some new blinds, a lick of paint on all the walls – easy! I figured we’d knock it over in about two weeks. More than 4 weeks later, we’re still working hard, with laborious weekends, and several late nights, and what seems to be an unending list of unforeseen additions to our project.
In hindsight, I can see my problem. I didn’t see the end from the beginning. I didn’t realise that new flooring would also mean new sound insulant. I didn’t realise that very old window frames would mean considerable amounts of puttying. I didn’t realise that old wall paint stuck on old carpet, meant that ripping up the carpet left lots of threads stuck to the walls. I could go on and on. This has definitely been a learning experience for both of us.
Our heavenly Father, however, is not like that. God sees (and declares) the end from the beginning.
for I am God, and there is no other;
I am God, and there is none like me,
declaring the end from the beginning
What great comfort you can find in these verses: knowing that God has already got your future sorted. He already knows every permutation and combination that your life could possibly take, and He reigns over all of them. Whenever you’re uncertain about where your life is headed, I encourage you to stop and reflect on the greatness of God, compared to the smallness of your challenges. God has already seen what happens in the end, and trust me, the very real challenges that you face today are not too big (nor too small) for Him to deal with.
Ross & Amanda Stewart