I recently went on a hike with my fiance and her aunt. This was a refreshing time for me in the midst of the busyness of life; planning a wedding, working a part-time job, interning with SI (& loving it), all the while trying to be intentional about building relationships.
While they went ahead of me (determined to get a workout), I followed from a distance, looking intently for something cool to photograph.
Towards the end of our hike, I ventured down near a brook and found myself standing within arms reach of a dragonfly. I was captivated. I marveled at the way it zipped through the air. Mesmerized and quite eager, I began to plot about how I was going to capture this moment.
But then it hit me, my success was totally contingent upon factors outside of my control. The dragonfly had to make a landing and the only thing I could do was… wait.
Isn’t that life sometimes?
We plant seeds for a garden, but if the rain doesn’t come we don’t get a harvest.
We plan vacations at the beach but then storms blow in and hold us captive in our hotels.
As much as we like to think that we are in control, the truth is, we are not.
Sure, we can make educated decisions and plan strategically, but ultimately our plans are governed by factors outside of our authority.
In the instance of the dragonfly, it eventually landed and I was able to capture the moment. But it’s not really about the dragonfly, or gardens, or vacations.
It’s about coming to the end of self-reliance and learning to trust in a God who has promised all things to those who love him.
It doesn’t mean that the dragonfly will always land, it means that He will be enough even with it doesn’t.
So take some chances, set some goals, and make the most of every opportunity, but be sure of this: “You can make many plans, but the LORD’s purpose will prevail.”
~Jeremy (a summer intern)