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Connecting the dots

January 2, 2014

Remember your childhood coloring and activity books.  I hadn’t seen nor even thought about those in many years.  As I was travelling to visit family and friends for the Christmas holiday, God gave me a glimpse of those old coloring books that had pages with what seemed to be random dots and numbers next to each dot.  I believe they were called ‘dot-to-dots’.  The objective was to draw a line to each numbered dot in sequential order and by the time all the dots were connected, it would reveal a picture that oftentimes one could never have imagined would have resulted from such a random formation.  God reminded me of this childhood activity and said that He was about to start connecting the dots in my life.

When I look back over my experiences in life, there seem to have been many occasions when I obsessively wondered “why”.  I am sure others can relate as well.  Opportunities, issues, or situations appear to be just random dots in our life and our finite understanding cannot fathom what broad purpose they serve so we tend to settle for the narrowed and self-absorbent view that those challenges were just meant to hurt us, oppress us, and depress us.  We can’t see the big picture from our perspective.  Remember when you were working those activity pages?  If you just focused on one dot you were never able to see the picture.  You had to come to the realization that the numbers were by each dot for a reason and you had to have faith that if you connected each dot the picture would appear.  It was in hopeful expectation that you took your pencil and began drawing lines between each dot.  There were times that you got a bit eager and, after connecting only half of the dots, tried to predict what the picture was but the true picture could only be revealed when you finished the task you started by faith.  From our perspective, the picture is always skewed because we are an imperfect people, but, from God’s perspective, the picture is perfectly in focus.  We have to faithfully hold on to the sovereignty of God   and remember that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28).

As I reflect over these last few months, I realize that God had already begun to connect some of the dots in my life and during the few days with family and friends He connected a few more.  But I know it doesn’t stop there.  There is a beautiful picture waiting to be revealed that connects all the events of my past, whether good or bad, and I choose to hold tightly to God’s sovereign and unchanging hand as He ushers me into seeing my life from His perspective.  Today we begin a new year and before this year is over I will turn 40 years old.  I am reminded that the Israelites crossed over into the Promised Land after 40 years of wandering the desert and experiencing what seemed to them like a few stray dots.  When they finally learned to see from God’s perspective, they finally stepped into the land of abundance that was promised to them, “a land flowing with milk and honey” (Joshua 5:6).  So I decree, this is my year to cross over.  I am packing up and moving into a land flowing with milk and honey.  I am packing up my past to set it aside, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:14), and I wait with “earnest expectation for the manifestation” (Romans 8:19) of that which God has prepared for me.

I am packing up and moving into a land flowing with milk and honey.

And you can too.  Will you join me?  This year can revolutionize [verb – change radically] your life if you let it.  Whatever is in your hands preventing you from raising them in absolute and total surrender to God’s sovereign plan, pack it up and set it aside.  Walk into this New Year without a resolution but with a resolve to be unhindered and excited to see the change that God will bring in 2014.