“God cares for you intimately, but is never thinking only of you. His plans are always bigger than us, and that is for our ultimate good.”
From “Climbing with Abraham” by David Ramos
A few days ago, I read the quote above in a devotional I’m using. It went on to say how Abraham, at the end of his life, had only one legitimate heir and a burial plot in the land where God had taken him. He didn’t see the fulfillment of the promises God had made to him. He never knew that one of his physical descendants would be Jesus and his spiritual descendants, the Church.
Then I went to a Gideon breakfast with my husband. A man spoke about how he found a Gideon Bible in what he described as “a roach motel.” In two years he had read the entire Bible. He became a Christian, then a pastor. He started a new church and now that congregation sponsors missionaries in 6 countries. The Gideon who placed the Bible will probably never meet him.
Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses on a church door. He expected to open a dialog that would lead to some reforms in the Catholic church. He had no idea it would lead to new denominations, printing and translation of the Bible into numerous languages, an increase in public education, etc..
We can only follow God’s leading one step at a time. We are “living stones” in God’s plan, but we will only see a small piece of our part. Maybe we’ll even think we have failed to accomplish anything. Lucky for us, we’re not in charge. If we’re faithful, God will use us in ways we can’t even imagine.
So, if you’re discouraged, take heart. You’re part of God’s plan, just like Abraham, Martin Luther, and the Gideons. He loves you and so do I!