It’s not often that I post a picture of food with a pair of bare feet visible in the background.
I made an exception in this case. The little feet belong to the artist who created this Christmas masterpiece. Our youngest kiddo proudly brought this home from preschool last week. I love graham cracker houses and was ready to proudly display it on the kitchen table for all to see during the Christmas season. As it turned out, that wasn’t even a consideration for the young artist. I mean, after all, it was made of candy — what other use could there be for a candy house but to be enjoyed as a dessert after lunch? The maker had different plans for the house than those of us in the crowd. It delighted him to be able to eat that yummy house after lunch, even if he did have to wait while Mom took a few pictures (note the patient crossing of the feet in the background). He shared pieces of candy with his siblings (although Dad did have to bargain pretty hard to get a piece at first) and it did turn out to be a joyous thing when we followed his plans as the maker of the house.
It reminds me of how God, who made us, sometimes has different plans for us than we think He should have. Not to mention when His plans for us are different than those in the crowd think we should have. He is our maker, and His word promises that the plans He has for us are more than we can think or imagine and that they are meant for good, not harm. (Side note: That’s where the analogy falls apart for the poor cookie house — it got eaten)
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
20 Now glory be to God, who by his mighty power at work within us is able to do far more than we would ever dare to ask or even dream of—infinitely beyond our highest prayers, desires, thoughts, or hopes.
Sounds like a pretty good deal. Give the Maker control, and He promises that you will fulfill His intended purpose for you. Oh, and don’t forget the part about it being more than you could ever dare to dream of, or even know to ask for.
I remember reading this verse a long time ago. We were post-marriage ceremony, but pre-kids. As I was doing my Bible study that morning, I remember looking up into the big oak tree in our backyard and asking Him what He meant by “more than I could hope for or know to ask for”.
Well, I can definitely tell you that He has lived up to that verse in our lives in so many ways, and continues to do so on a daily basis. Six kids in almost nine years? Who would have thought or known to ask for that? A husband who likes the idea of me staying home with those six kids — I didn’t even know I wanted that, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. A freelance writing career starting up — that didn’t even seem possible two years ago.
I’m not saying my life is perfect, I get in my own way far too often to say that. But I do know that I serve a God who continues to live up to those words He showed me so long ago. He continues to promise that He has a hope and a future for us. We just need to let Him show us the way.
How about you? Do you have any stories about how He has brought things into your life that were more than you knew “to ask of or even dream of”? Feel free to leave a comment and let me know. I would love to hear about it!