Sometimes things don’t work out. Things you really wish did work out.
All the duckies were in a row, the violinist was ready to play, you and everyone else could have guessed the conclusion. It was a beautiful conclusion, or so you played it out in your mind.
That’s when, in His sovereignty, God said “No”.
And you struggle with that. Why halt something so beautiful? Why stop such a beautiful story from being told? Why end this in a way that I didn’t imagine and couldn’t have guessed?
And sometimes God doesn’t explain Himself right away. He’s sovereign afterall. He doesn’t have to explain Himself right away.
And in a couple of days, in a couple of weeks, sometimes in a couple of months or years, you might think back to your beautiful conclusion. And it will still look beautiful. It will still be the perfect fairytale story. And you might feel a longing in your heart. “Everything was adding up…”. Your heart may ask: “Why?”
And the only answer is: God keeps that mystery to Himself.
Don’t fight against God’s mysteries. Don’t struggle against them. Don’t wrestle with God’s secrets. Is He not the Creator? As His creations, are we not fruit of His imaginations? Then why insist your imagination must be fulfilled?
Years from now you will feel that longing in your heart again. Perhaps a nudge. Perhaps a sigh. Don’t meditate on what could have been for it will take you to a place you shouldn’t go. Eventually it will bring you around to this: I could have not followed God’s leading. And no one should spend much time considering that.
Open your fist. And your heart. That dream you had. Let it go. Please. For Him. “Lord, I thought I had sacrificed this hope for You already. But today I felt that longing and was reminded of that dream. Help me remember I gave up that dream for You.”
Follow His dreams. Please. He loves you much more than I could ever express. More than you could ever communicate.
What matters is that you are living in the center of His plan and that’s the safest place to be. Tomorrow is in His Hand just as much as yesterday was. Take a step forward and move onward.
Sometimes things don’t work out. But God’s love for you always does.
It always, always works out.