Recently my husband and I took a trip to South Carolina to meet our newest grandchild, Bradley. We spent a lot of time driving and listening to music in the car. One day, after hearing the song, Go Rest High On That Mountain, written by Vince Gill, my husband mused, “I wonder if Gill knew while he was composing this song, that it would become such a hit.” (It won the BMI Most Performed Song Award in 1997). Well, I doubt if he did, because his reasons for writing it were deeply personal. He began this eulogic song after the death of country music star, Keith Whitley (1989) and finished it after the death of his older brother in 1993.
As we each go about our lives, we’re constantly creating, sharing, and interacting with others. We’ll never know how many of those things will turn out. Something that seems insignificant to us and which we quickly forget, may have deep meaning in the life of another.(Try asking your grown up kids what they remember best about their childhood — you may be surprised!) The teacher who inspires, the parent who provides a good example, the friend who genuinely listens, may be doing so without imagining the effect of their actions. Often they are just using their gifts, following the calling that God has given them. Right now, ” we see in a mirror dimly” (1 Corinthians 13:12). Sometimes we are blessed to see the results of our work, but more often, it is uncertain. What we can be certain of is this:
“…we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:20
Just as God’s Word will accomplish His purposes (Isaiah 55:11), our lives have been ordered by Him, and cannot fail to fulfill His plan. We don’t need to know the details, because we trust the One who is in charge.
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