Predestination (A Reflection)
One morning as I walked on the beach, my mind began to stir as I saw where the gulf had deposited a vast amount of seashells. Shells, as if they were people - God’s beloved creation. I beheld the beauty of each of them all and wished that I could scoop them all up and take them home with me. I knew that was not going to happen. Looking over each of them, some began to call out to me. “Pick me!” they seemed to exclaim. I stooped down and chose the one’s that seemed to call to me. Some of them were beautiful, most of them where broken and unique. I placed them gently in my hand, sad that only a few had called my name, and walked a short distance home.
Oh, what a picture God gave me! It is not His will that any should perish, however; God gives us a choice. We must call on His name. Those that call out are the chosen ones. Although they may be beautiful, broken, and unique, God gently scoops us up from where we are and tenderly cradles us in His hand, carrying us a short journey through this land and on to His home.
All who call on the name of the Lord, shall be saved.
“Randomness is not random according to scripture.”
Proverbs 16: 33 (Amp.)
The lot is cast into the lap, but the decision is wholly of the Lord [even the events that seem accidental are really ordered by Him].
What God plans is in His hands! He has planned a way for you and me to have a deep and meaningful relationship with Him. It is through Christ Jesus, His Son. We must remember that His ways are higher than ours. (Is. 55:9)
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” “O Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!” The Lord replied, “Don’t say, ‘I’m too young,’ for you must go wherever I send you and say whatever I tell you. And don’t be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and will protect you. I, the Lord, have spoken!” Jeremiah 1:4-8
Just as the Lord knew Jeremiah long before he was born, He also knows you. Unique.... Broken.... Beautiful....Like the shells of the sea, much thought was taken in planning you to become the masterpiece that He is creating in you. He knows you and your destiny...He has planned them well. I cannot fathom the greatness of God! I often do not understand His ways. I only know that I am thankful for His Holy Spirit that speaks, beckons, convicts, comforts, teaches, and draws me closer to the Father. It is by His Spirit that I have called out and and have been called out for His divine purpose! Can I explain this? No, and I wouldn't even begin to try! That is where trust and faith come into play.
Cradled in His Hand,
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Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
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