We Often Cannot See What God is Doing

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Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will be established.

Prov 19:21 (RSV)

My thoughts have been heavily directed lately bemoaning the fact that I left the business world and my career behind to earn a Master Degree some 8 years ago.  In the meantime, it has cost me about $500K in lost income and has not produced the results I had expected.  The past 3 years have been a similar experience; I poured myself into something that I expected to produce certain results which have not occurred, and now I feel the past 3 years have been a complete waste of my time.  Have you any regrets?

My pursuit of a graduate degree was no waste of time, don’t get me wrong.  I believe that I strengthened greatly my ability to reason, communicate, and be successful in whatever endeavor I undertake.  And I met a lot of folks there who were there expressly to use the experience and achievement to make themselves the best possible employee in the secular world that they can be.  But I find myself looking back on the whole thing asking myself , “but at what cost?”  One of the things it cost me that was more than monetary was my telescope.  For some 30 years I had dreamed of owning a research grade Astronomical Telescope.  I used it to study not only the wonders of the Universe (we even saw the impact scars of Shumaker Levy 9 on Jupiter in this incredible instrument) but I studied the Selenology (the Geology of the Moon) with it in detail I never thought visually possible.  Within 3 months of graduating with a Master Degree, the Starmaster had to be sold and I have not had a telescope since.

Marvin Huddleston and his former 18″ Starmaster Newtonian Telescope

I am certain that I am not alone; I think we all find ourselves with regrets.  That “what was I thinking” feeling hits everyone at some point or another.  Most people I have known I would say all have certain regrets and second guessing of their decisions that they undergo.

The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our sons forever, that we may observe all the words of this law.

Deut 29:29 (NASB)

One of the certainties of life is that you will make decisions, and some of those decisions may result in your looking back and thinking you made a mistake.  But the verse above reveals that God is God; He is sovereign, and He directs our steps and the paths that we take.

The steps of a man are from the LORD, and he establishes him in whose way he delights; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the LORD is the stay of his hand.

Psalms 37:23-24 (RSV)

For those of us who look upon these things and worry we have really screwed up, this is a great comfort.  We may not be able to see what God is doing, and may not understand it until we can stand before Him and ask, but God is God, and His purpose will be established!

This post was written by

kc5lei – who has written 50 posts on One Flesh Ministries.

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