The weather in the UK continues to be warm and sunny. I just came in from a morning walk with our dog, Jack. I never tire watching him just be happy. He’s happy sniffing, running, and meeting his dog friends along the way. This morning, in a particular show of bliss, he flipped over onto his back, wiggled around in the grass, and kicked his legs in the air. I laughed, as did some of the other nearby dog walkers. What a show of sheer happiness. When he finished his joyful demonstrations, one ear was turned back, and bits of grass stuck to his head. It was of no worry to him as he continued on with another exuberant flip onto his back.
As we were returning home from our walk, a passage in Psalm 139:15-18 came to me, “You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in Your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are Your thoughts about me, Oh God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, You are still with me!” Isn’t that absolutely beautiful? From the very moment of our conception, God has a plan already laid out for our lives, a plan to give us hope and a future of good and not bad. (Jeremiah 29:11)
Those plans He has for us does not exclude storms of life which comes to us all, but remember, while strong winds can cause damage, it can also blow away life’s debris. It can aid us in seeing what is really important. A storm helps us to focus, to lean forward watching for a clear sky. Storms that rock our spiritual world serves to make us lean in, too, to shelter in the arms of our loving Heavenly Father, to gain His strength as we trust His plans unfolding. He has made us all with a particular, unique plan; so beautiful that even in the hardships of life, when you can’t imagine what’s around the corner, He will give inner peace, hope, and abundant joy.
Just think, from the moment of your conception, God had plans for you. Therefore, go ahead, flip over on your back and wiggle! Kick your legs in sheer happiness at all your heavenly Father has done for you. Make someone smile in your joy. Let your uniqueness show through. Be filled with God’s Spirit and be unforgettable!