What No Eye Has Seen, nor Ear Heard
I think most of us would agree that we are very happy to finally see warmer weather. It is the long awaited time of the year when our world comes back to life; a time of transition from winter into spring and the world seems filled with new life. This time of the year also reminds me of the new lives that are unfolding for our youth with rites of passage such as graduations and Confirmations; all of which signal the beginning of a new path or direction.
This past Sunday, 25 youth affirmed their faith in the rite of Confirmation at my church. It is a tradition that the students pick out a Bible verse to be read during the laying on of hands. Of those verses selected, there was one verse from 1 Corinthians 2:9 that really caught my attention. It is: “But as it is written, what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him.
These students have their whole lives in front of them filled with promise and new adventures, but so do we.
At whatever stage of life we are in, we might like the think the path is clear and full of promise of all good things. But what happens when things don’t go as planned, there are rough spots and places of uncertainty leaving us to wonder what our next step may be. What do we do when God has a different plan for our life than we do?
When this has happened in my life I would like to say I have embraced it with open arms, but I have not. In fact, from my experience coaching people, I find that people fight it, question the meaning and purpose of what has happened, and I was no different. At times like this, one part of us knows that everything will be okay but the other part struggles with the meaning of it. Even those with the strongest faith can question where God is in what they are facing.
Several years ago I left a job that I never thought I would leave. I was offered a job I was interested in but with much lower pay, no benefits and very long hours. I was in a struggle between my head that said, this does not make sense and my heart that heard a calling I did not understand. I did take the job and found that my life unfolded beyond my wildest dreams because I listened and eventually trusted that God had a plan for me far greater than my own.
I have been privileged to sit with people as they work thru the emotions that are associated with a plan that has been redirected. As I listen to them bring their heart and head together, I have been amazed as I watch how their life unfolds in ways that no one could have ever imagined. When life takes a different direction than we planned and a new life emerges, these are both God’s plan. I have watched in awe the miracle of transformation when head, heart and spirit come together in myself and others. It is truly a spiritually led.
Back to the verse, when we love God and trust that no matter what is happening in our lives or how we can’t make sense of it, God has our greater good in mind. As the verse says: what no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him. I hope this verse may bring you peace and solace when your life is heading in a direction you had not planned. Blessings to you!
First Published in the Savage Pacer May 2016