13 For You formed my inmost being;
You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise You,
for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Marvelous are Your works,
and I know this very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You
when I was made in secret,
when I was woven together
in the depths of the earth.
16 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all my days were written in Your book
and ordained for me
before one of them came to be.
I think sometimes I look at myself, remembering the verses above, and marvel at what God did fifty years ago when He knit me together in my mother’s womb, and then forget to recognize that God isn’t finished with me yet. The God of all creation made me. He designed every part of me and wrote out my days in advance.
He has a perfect plan for me, even knowing that I would be torn from that path a million times by a world ruled by sin and death. He accounted for every fall and scrape, every mishap, every rebellion. He accounted for it all. And He has a plan for it!
I’ve lost my way a million times. The ordained path of my destiny has been obstructed by my ego, my selfish desires, the cruel actions of others, or other circumstances outside of my control. The list could go on forever. Some of it was my fault. Some of it wasn’t. All of it took me off of God’s perfect path for me. But none of it robbed me of God’s perfect plan to handle every free will challenge I faced.
19 Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
the wormwood and the gall!
20 My soul continually remembers it
and is bowed down within me.
21 But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[b]
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
Because of God’s great love and mercy, I have been continually led back to the path of God’s ordaining for my life. I’ve stumbled around in the dark like a drunk woman: unsteady, uneasy, and uncertain, and His perfect plans have remained in effect. His perfect plan brings me back into the light of His path.
Life is one trial after another. It’s pain and sorrow, joy and laughter. It’s accidents and mistakes amidst victories and honor. It’s hard. It’s painful. It’s one day at a time, one moment at a time, learning and learning and occasionally maybe teaching a thing or two. It’s gaining confidence and losing it again.
God knew that’s how it would be for us, once we stopped trusting Him way back in the Garden. And even still He loved us, and He had a plan for us, a plan to give us the power to choose to make our way back to Him. We were never going to find Him on our own. Not once the world had us. But God had a plan for that. He had a plan for me. His name is Jesus.
16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.
So, while I’m walking through this world I’m in. While I’m falling down and crying my eyes out, or singing His praises at the top of my lungs, He is with me. He’s leading and guiding and teaching. Each adversity is a chance to trust Him more. Each trial is a lesson in humility, endurance, and strength.
There’s a great song from the 70’s that goes like this:
“The road is long
With many a winding turn
That leads us to who knows where
Who knows where
But I’m strong
Strong enough to carry him
He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother”
And I like to think that song is about Jesus and us. Jesus looks and sees our burdens and he says to the world, “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother (sister).”
I will let Him carry me. And I will work hard to obey His voice, and follow the path He has ordained for me. As I go I will be transformed. I will learn to hear Him and discern His path for me. I will present each and every moment of my whole being to Him as an act of worship and be transformed.
I appeal to you therefore, brothers,[a] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.[b] 2 Do not be conformed to this world,[c] but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. [d]
Song lyrcs from He Aint Heavy, He’s my Brother by Bob Russell and Bobby Scott 1969