“The things you planned for us no one can recount to you; were I to speak and tell of them, they would be too many to declare”.
Ps 40:5 NIV
There is a well known saying in Afrikaans, “’n boer maak ’n plan”. Literally translated it would mean “A farmer makes a plan”. But it means more than just that. It means a man will find a way to overcome or get round a problem. It speaks of resourcefulness, flexibility, adaptability and maybe tenacity and creativity. Of course many people make plans. Some of them come to fruition whilst others don’t. Maybe some people who make plans don’t even expect that all of them will work out. In one sense it is easy to draw up plans. It is another thing to carry them out.
People of faith sometimes refer to God’s plan when some unexpected good result comes out of unusual circumstances. We say “It was all part of God’s plan”. The man who wrote Psalm 40 was aware that God sometimes “moves in mysterious ways”. He had found God working a wonderful thing for him. Maybe he thought that there are many people in this world for whom God works good results from unlikely happenings.
It is a good thing to discern the working of God in the things that happen in your life. One element of faith is helping God to work things together for good for you, as the apostle Paul said he does (Romans 8:28). But always remember that there are disasters, mess-ups and unbelievable accidents and contingencies that happen, and faith is persevering through them all with courage and perseverance as well. God has many ways of working. Not all of them are nice and pleasant ones.
PRAYER THOUGHT Lord, I will try to work with you in all things.