I Can’t See the Pattern


Thursday, August 09, 2018


I recently had the pleasure of going to an outdoor art installation called “Umbrella Sky” in Coral Gables. I was able to enjoy a beautiful afternoon with my wife and our youngest son. The art installation is comprised of hundreds of various colored umbrellas suspended above you by guide wires attached to metal columns and trusses to create a ceiling of open umbrellas for your sky.

While taking pictures, and seeing other people enjoying the day as well, I noticed a puzzled look on my son’s face. I asked, “what’s wrong bud?” His reply was interesting to me, saying “it’s just frustrating me dad because I can’t figure out what’s the pattern of the umbrellas!”

I found that to be interesting. While I was just enjoying this beautiful display and seeing the various colors, in what seemed to be no particular pattern, to be whimsical and fun, my son was frustrated by it. He was initially unable to enjoy the beauty of all this because he was hung up on the idea of needing to understand or find a pattern in all of this around him. I wonder, how many of us fail to notice the overall beauty in the life that God has for us because we are too preoccupied with trying to find the pattern in what is happening.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts higher than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:9 (NKJV)

Just like my son looking at this display that someone else created and trying to make sense of it from his understanding, we can many times have the same approach to this life. In our life before Christ, we went along with what the world told us we were supposed to understand; what we need to look for and pursue things that make us happy. Only the temporary drive of feeling happy, and looking for those things that would provide that, would be the “pattern” we were looking for.

When we walk with Christ, many things on this side of heaven may not make sense. Our life becomes more about walking with and living for Him, which may not always make sense to the world around us. We try to put our own understanding on why certain things happen, and will many times find ourselves disappointed or confused because we don’t see what their purpose was. We want things to bring that immediate, and temporary, happiness and will not be able to see that this life may not unfold in a short time frame, but rather in God’s full purpose and plan.

When we live this life motivated by faith and the pursuit of God, we will begin to realize that we may not see the overall “pattern” of experiences. We may not be able to see the whole picture of our life until we have walked through the entire design that God put together. Trying to define each part of our life without realizing its place in the overall picture will many times leave us frustrated. We need to continually seek God, read His Word, pray to Him, and live a life that is in line with Him, knowing that He has us within His grasp.

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 (NKJV)

 

Author: Rich M.


Comments

Abigail Nicolas commented on 28-Aug-2018 01:53 PM
I needed to read this today thank you for sharing


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