So you’re going along, carefully planting your footsteps in the pathway that you believe had been designed for you- expressing the Purpose for which you were created, and seeking to acknowledge God, the Creator, in everything.
And then, BAM! Something knocks you down, or throws you off the path, derails or detracts you. And you wonder….how did I let this happen? Why didn’t I see it coming? Maintaining Your Focus as you Create your Garden of Eden – this is the follow-up, the sequel to Create Your Garden of Eden.
What I plan to do is to introduce the chapters right here on this blog. While the first book was written in solitude, hashing thoughts in my own spirit, and rewriting and editing as I saw fit, this sequel will be different. I’m opening it for you to read the rough draft. And then, perhaps in a few months, we will have the book ready for publication.
The first point we need to know is that God, the Creator, is all knowing and all powerful. He is Sovereign over everything. After all, he created everything.
Nothing comes our way by luck or chance. Just as we were created by his deliberate intentions, so too all the circumstances or our life are not chaotic or random.
Here’s a fundamental point that I believe. God knows everything that is about to happen to us. Even when these events are the result of our wrong choices, reckless disregard of his standards, our own folly and shortsightedness, He is still guiding the ship. Nothing comes into our path as a surprise to Him. In fact, just as we saw in the first book, He is the one who planned and orchestrated the circumstances of our lives.
And the Creator’s ultimate goal is that we live fulfilled and abundant lives, as a showcase of his nature. So if something goes awry as we are walking the path when we know that we doing the right thing and assessing each day’s action to see whether it was “good” (as used in the first book), we need to be assured that it is part of His plan for us. And ultimately, it will all work out for our best.
Our responsibility is to maintain our focus on what we have been asked to do.