OK, just got back from the movies. I went to see the A-Team movie a remake of the TV show I watched as a child growing up in the 80’s every Friday night at 9:00pm. I have to say it was a bit disappointed with the movie tonight. I’m not sure that if there is a sequel that I will go and see it. I remember for years watching the Dukes of Hazard, and the A-Team back to back almost every Friday night for years. It was great family time with the whole family and then off to bed at 10:00 when Dallas came on. Several things I will remember about those nights like; it was the one night we got to stay up late and the jokes about dad liking Daisy Duke.
Hannibal had his saying at the end of the program after the bad guys were caught and the adventure was over. “I love it when a plan comes together.” Everything seem to just work out perfectly and the good guys went home and we waited impatiently until next week to see what would happen again. Sounds a little of the reality scope of life doesn’t it? It was no fairy tale ending because they were always on the run from the MP’s and Cornell Decker.
The thought occurred to me on the way home that God might have the same phrase that He uses on us when all through our lives different things may happen and they might seem out of control and crazy, but in the end they work out for a “mission accomplished.” The world can be a messed up place, and because of the sinful choices of people it can be hard to grasp the idea that God is in control and God has plan that He is working out, but it is true. God is in control , He has a plan, and even when the world is crashing down around us or with us, God is there.
There are so many scriptures that show us that He is in control and that He has a plan for those who are His children. Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 2:10, Romans 8:28 just to list a few. It is always easier to look back after you have come through an experience and see where God used it to better you or to teach you something, or even to begin a new chapter ministry or life. The hardest part is trying to see God in situations that you are currently going through, we often look for God working in areas when He may be doing something totally different with a situation.
Are you going through a tough situation right now? Do you struggle to find God working in your life some times? Let me encourage you to do 2 things. Remain close to God and His people (the church) they will be a great support for you. Secondly, just keeping doing what God has called you do, being obedient to him with what you know He wants you to do, until the time comes and you know He wants you to do something else. It may be weeks, months, or even years that will pass before you see how God was with you in a situation or how you grew in the tests and trials you passed through. Rick Warren, Pastor and Author says in his book “Purpose Driven Life” that God often uses your greatest weakness or failure to be your greatest ministry in life. Think of the possibilities of how God can use your experiences to help others who are going through where you have already been.
Maybe, like Hannibal Smith you might even say “I love it when a plan comes together!”