Getting Real About Life, about Love, and about God
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Connect the Dots
When I was a kid I liked to do those connect the dot puzzles. The ones where you draw a line from one dot to the next, in numerical order, until finally you have connected all the dots and you have drawn a picture.
Discerning God is a lot like those connect the dot pictures at times. We keep following God where he is leading us. We get a "dot" here and a "dot" there. We can't see the picture but we move from dot to dot. Something or someone gives us a dot, a sense of what God desires and what God is doing and someone or something else gives us another assurance that God is at work. God reveals to us a piece of what he is doing through prayer and it is another dot. We move from dot to dot putting the dots together and the picture starts to become more clear.
Just like the connect the dot puzzle as we connect more dots we get a better idea of what the final picture is. We begin to see more clearly what is coming as we connect the dots. The challenge, I think, is to not focus on the dot. The challenge for us is to see that the dot is only part of a bigger picture. We have to wait on the Lord and follow him to the next dot. We have to do the work of connecting the dots and putting them together so we can more fully understand what God is asking of us.
I just love it when the picture starts to become clear. I love it when I begin to see what God is doing. What is the picture that God is making in your life. Are you looking for the next dot? Are you looking for the first dot? God does have a plan for all of us. We need to seek it and discern it. We need to connect the dots.
I am confident of this. It is a beautiful picture.
In Christ's love and mine,