“And I will lead the blind along roads and paths that they have never known. I will guide them and lead them on paths that they have never traveled. I will take them to places they have never been before. Their road may be dark and rough but I will give light and turn darkness into light before them. I will make the rough ground smooth to keep them from stumbling. These things I will do. I will not abandon them. That is My solemn promise.” (Isaiah 42:16)
As a child I loved “dot-to-dot” or “connect the dot” books. Because I was never much of an free-hand artist, I remember loving the feeling of creativity that came over me when the picture emerged after I had joined all the dots together. And oh I remember the disappointment when I made a mistake and joined the wrong dots together! How awful that picture looked!
I have been thinking a lot lately about how God is the absolute “Master artist” when it comes to artistically and creatively connecting all the dots in my life. As I look back over my life and reflect on the journey I have taken so far, (especially the journey over these last few years), I can clearly see how God has connected me to places, to churches, to jobs, to situations, to circumstances and to people all for the purpose of making my life a series of beautiful pictures. You see, I don’t imagine my life as one big dot-to-dot picture, I see my life as a whole book of separate pictures. As each new season begins, a new page is turned, a new chapter begins and a new set of numbers appears, waiting to be joined together by the stroke of God’s pen.
As each new page is turned, all I see is a blank canvas with random numbers written across the page. I can’t see what the picture is going to look like in the beginning. But as I allow God to join and connect the dots, the picture begins to appear. The cool thing is, while I have no idea what the picture is going to become, God already knows! And whilst I may have a few (okay, more than a few) suggestions about how the picture should look, I have realized that I need to trust God and remember how awful the picture looks when I skip ahead or miss the next number on the page.
So as I allow God to connect the dots in my life the way He has planned, I will choose to trust Him and I will wait with expectation to see how this page and this picture will turn out. Rather than rushing ahead onto the next page in my book, I will allow each page to be completed and finished in full.
Lord, I ask You to please show me where the next dot is. Please lead me to the next number on the page. Please take me along the path I have never known. Please have patience as I do my best to trust You with each step along the path. And as I “land” on the next dot, I choose to believe that it will be the exact (perfect) dot for me – one that You have placed before me in order to create another one of Your beautiful pictures of my life.
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