I’ve been thinking recently about how arrogant I am. I find myself taking credit for all the good things in my life. I am quick to see my gifts, my intelligence, and my work ethic as being the secret to my success. As I reflected on how “me” centered I am regarding the good things in my life, I decided to turn that thought around the opposite direction. Do I take the same amount of ownership over the failures in my life? Is it also my gifts, my intelligence, and my work ethic that has landed me in some very difficult and painful places in life? NOPE! I blame others for all my failures WHILE taking credit for all my successes. When I step back from all of this, I see a lot of “my” and “me” in my thinking.
So I have been asking myself the question: Where is God in all the “my” and “me” of success and failure? Paul’s answer in Acts 17 is the most clarifying and helpful to me.
He writes: From one man He made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and He marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from any one of us. ‘For in Him we live and move and have our being.’
Wait, God put me on this planet, born with these unique skills, these unique passions and this unique story SO THAT I WOULD FIND HIM?
You mean, I have this amount of talent, energy, education, money, time SO THAT I WOULD FIND GOD?
Are you trying to tell me that God knows “me” and “my” so intimately, and He knows “you” and “yours” so personally, that He works through these customized talents, individualized passions, unique locations, and messy stories SO THAT WE MIGHT DISCOVER OUR INFINITELY GREAT AND LOVING CREATOR?
YES! And AMEN! And Bring it on! And Bring Him On!
God, I beg you: Open my eyes to see You in all my success and failures.