Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Seeing the Big Picture!








I read this awesome devotion today and wanted to pass it on.  I pray it speaks to your heart as it did to mine.

Sometimes God permits things, other times He actually plans them.

Either way, He's got a definite plan in mind. In the midst of unspeakable heartache, Job said, "He performeth the thing that is appointed for me."

When you realize that God has "appointed" something for you, it changes how you see it.

It's like flying. On the ground your view is limited, but ten thousand feet up everything looks different. Now you're seeing what God sees: "the big picture!"

The Bible says that after Job came through his trials he was blessed with twice as much as he had before (See Job 42:10). Does that mean if you lose a $30,000-a-year job you'll get back a $60,000-a-year one? Or that your checkbook will always balance, or your car never break down, or your health never fail?

No, sometimes God rewards our faith with things we can't measure in monetary value—like relationships, joy, character, peace you didn't have before, a fresh sense of purpose, protection from danger, favor with others, clearer understanding, more compassion, and intimacy with Him.

What value would you place on those?

I’m so blessed I can trust God to cause all things to work out for my good!!


Alida said...

We are blessed indeed!

Happy Wordfilled Wednesday!

Kristal said...

Beautiful devotion and I love the picture!

Lisa said...

There's great truth in this post. When we know God's heart, we can trust fully trust Him. He is working all things out for my good. Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Oh, that's beautiful. I shared that verse from Job today.

Runner Mom said...

Susan, this was a great post. I love how God rewards us in ways that are not monetary! Those are truly treasures on earth.

Special K said...

Great WFW! thanks for sharing and thanks for stopping by!

Happy WFW!

From the Heart said...

I agree. What would we do without God. How do those who do not know Him survive? We just have to keep living for our Lord and pray that others will see Him in us.,

Stefanie Brown said...

As followers of Christ, we must remember our heavenly Father does use ALL things for our good ~ not just the good. When difficult times come, it's not always a punishment. It may be a growth time for us. Maturing in Him is necessary.
Thank you for this word!
Happy WFW...

Theresa Miller said...

That is a great message! Yes, I need to evaluate all that is in my life that is not just in the form of possessions, but in the way of joy and relationship. Thank you for that!

Deb said...

What a timely post, speaking straight to my heart. I've came across the word "plan" so many times lately and am "planning" on a post about it tomorrow. Thank you for commenting at Jeremiah 29:11. HOPE you have a great rest of the week!

Wanda said...

Thanks for sharing this Susan. Love the picture.

jhunnelle said...

awesome picture, i need this promise, lately i've been asking the Lord about His plan for me, He seems so silent though, but i think i have the answer now, indeed He accomplishes things in His appointed time, this verse confirms what i just read in Ecc. 3:1

Renee Ann said...

Love this verse! Thanks for sharing such an encouraging post. Blessings!

Anonymous said...

Always keep your eyes on the Lord! Praying!
Psalms 121:1-2 I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.
Prayer Bears
My email address

Janis@Open My Ears Lord said...

Susan, I loved this post. Just knowing that God has a plan for us "whether He permits it or plans it", has given me such peace.

I thoroughly enjoyed the way you wrote this post and the lovely photo.

Thank you for blessing me,

Serline said...

Such an encouraging reminder for us to turn to the Lord, whether in times of joy or trouble...

lori said...

I'm SOOOO glad you found your way in girlfriend!! This is perfect and YES so true...we can TRUST that HE is on it and in it ALL!!

love you, love this!!
hugs friend!!

sharon said...

What a peaceful, encouraging picture. And you are so right; knowing that God sees the bigger picture and has a plan is very reassuring.

Peggy (mazmagi) said...

Blessings my dear Susan...

What a beautiful photo and verse!

But just seeing your smiling face visiting me was such good medicine "in the midst of unspeakable heartache..." (well, not quite that bad but added to the other grief that I was just getting over...) This is a good message for me, too!

That is what I have been seeking...
knowing that God permits and plans, I must ask "what are you trying to teach me with this?" and continuing back in the muck of grief when my word for this year is JOY!

I love this that your devotion shared:

"...sometimes God rewards our faith with things we can't measure in monetary value—like relationships, joy, character, peace you didn't have before, a fresh sense of purpose, protection from danger, favor with others, clearer understanding, more compassion, and intimacy with Him."

This speaks volumes... not if I can only figure out the BIG picture.

Love you shining light to me Susan.

deb duty said...

I can truly say I am blessed after having gone through a very difficult time when I lost my husband at a young age. It seemed at the time that I would never be happy again, but God had wonderful plans for me and my boys. Thanks for sharing, Susan!

Missie said...

Permit and plans...I like that. Thank you for sharing this devotion!

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Life with Kaishon said...

I am so thankful I could read this tonight. What a blessing.

LisaShaw said...

Amen! Amen! Amen! I don't need to say anything else! This is very on point and great sharing!

I love you dear friend and I so appreciate the encouragement I receive when I visit.

I'm also so THANKFUL that GOD has everything under control for our lives. We need to trust, pray and obey.

Love ya!

Munir said...

This is a beautiful Post. There is beauty and strength in TRUTH. Very encouraging indeed:)

Anonymous said...

Lifting up prayer!
Psalms 121:6-8 The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
Prayer Bears
My email address