It is the same for all, since the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked, to the good and the evil, to the clean and the unclean, to him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. ESV Ecclesiastes 9:2
My wife dropped off a prescription this afternoon was promised it would be ready within an hour. When I returned to pick it up three hours later, I stood in line with hungry, restless children only to be told it wasn’t ready. We left to find dinner, decided to go out to eat because we didn’t have time to go home and make dinner and return before the pharmacy closed. This was frustrating as we have been trying to cut costs this month to prepare for our adoption. We did get the prescription filled eventually, but accidentally left our prescription drug card there as the pharmacy closed. It definitely could have been a frustrating night.
However, by God’s grace, I didn’t get frustrated when the prescription wasn’t ready, and left graciously. We decided we could afford a pizza and went to Ledo’s. While there we saw an unsaved friend and continued our relationship with her. Someone else randomly paid for our dinner. The pharmacist cared so much about us, she somehow tracked down my cell number and called to let me know the prescription was ready. My wife went to pick it up, and the pharmacist asked about our church (I had previously invited her). When my wife realized she had left the drug card there, she returned to find the pharmacy closed, but the pharmacist coming out to bring her the card. God had his hand over all of the night!
All of life can be viewed from two perspectives: with God, or without God. The same events can be interpreted two ways. Interruptions or opportunities; inconveniences or joyful experiences. The difference for each is the lens through which they interpret the world around them. What appears backwards, blurry and upside down to one is clear, focused and right-side up to another. In short, when we view life through the lens of God and His gospel, it brings a whole different perspective. May we view life through God’s lens this week. Nothing will happen to us that He hasn’t planned. In fact, some of the “inconveniences” may be gospel opportunities in disguise. Relax and embrace His plan!