Today we will be reflecting upon the second P of the four P's of promise; path which follows a pivotal decision.
My wife Debbie made a pivotal decision when she decided to test her hand at repurposing furniture for resale. She had always wanted to work with wood, but she didn't have any formal instruction nor apprenticeship. So she did what many of us do these days. She watched You Tube videos.
If you've ever worked with wood you know that it can be very unforgiving and you can be certain that your flaws will find you out! To follow this path she was on, Debbie learned that flaws and mistakes are not an option, rather, they are a certainty. She discovered that the path of promise is a mix of excitement, creativity, curiosity, uncertainty, disappointment, and the need for flexibility. Regularly when I asked her how it was going she would respond, "It's not what I envisioned, but we'll see...I'm not giving up on it!" Truth be told, the end product has never ended up as her beginning vision, but each new piece she works on goes through a similar cycle with stunning results. The path we forge in life is a direct result of our handiwork.
The scriptures speak of God's handiwork. " For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
Our handiwork is a part of this path that God has prepared for us in advance. Many times I have been in a pastoral conversation where a person who says to me, "I guess God's not through with me yet or I guess God has more for me to do, I just need to figure out what it is."
That is a faith analogy for God repurposing our lives, much like how Debbie repurposes furniture. If you are on that path, stay tuned for next week's reflection regarding the third P of promise; persistence.
Prayer for Today
God of promise, shine your light on our path and show us the way that you want us to travel, so that by faith, our trust in you will grant us the courage to forge ahead into your promised future. Amen.