But the LORD of Heaven’s Armies also says: “The time will come when I will pull out the nail that seemed so firm. It will come out and fall to the ground. Everything it supports will fall with it. I, the LORD have spoken!” Isaiah 22:25
This is one of those verses you read a hundred times and skim over until it jumps off the page. I imagined the Nail being most anything good or bad that holds our life together. As I pondered the verse my first thought was the nail represented bondage however by the end of the day The Nail took on new meaning. The Nail became disappointment, not just a small disappointment like they don’t have my size but the kind that rocks your world and questions what you believe about God.
I believe without a doubt that God has a plan and destiny for each one of us and we are given the opportunity to choose to fulfill our destiny. There are some who know what their destiny is – when you speak with them you can hear their passion in the intensity of their voice. You believe with them, you see God’s hand on their life. You see how others respect them. You watch as the fulfillment of their destiny draws closer and closer. Then the day comes when your destiny becomes intertwined with his when you say “I do”.
Did you know God’s timing is not the same as ours? Months go by when finally it is here, the day you find out your/his DESTINY. Your stomach is in knots as you wait for him to return home. When he walked in the door I looked in his face, I did not see joy; the words he spoke were not registering. “You’re kidding” came out of my mouth without thinking, like he would kid about something this important.
In a blink of an eye – poof, it was gone! The foundation of what you believed is now vapor. You know God brought you both to this moment and at the last second it seems He pulled the rug out from under you and said “kidding”. It’s all just a cruel joke. The disappointment and devastation are complete.
Yet you know that you know that you know God is merciful, kind and loving. What you just experienced causes you to wonder and then you hear his voice “Do you trust me?” What can you say but yes because deep in your heart you know you can.
You hang on those words even when the desire to understand what happened plagues you. And you want to know WHY, knowing God does not need to explain himself, just ask Job. The hurt is deep.
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you …” What if what you thought was His plan really wasn’t His plan and if it wasn’t His plan why didn’t He speak up? “Hey this isn’t my plan for you, looks like it, feels like it but it’s not.” He allowed you to hang on the plan even when He asked questions of you like “what if…?” or “could you…?” Never thinking it was a nudge from God that maybe this wasn’t His plan after all.
He rocks our world not out of meanness but because our focus is off and He knows we made an idol out of our passion and plans. We thought we were made for this when in reality his plans are so much larger than ours. “For my thoughts are higher than your thoughts.”
I don’t know about you but I have some good plans, there have been times in my life when I let God know if He would just listen to all I have laid out it would fix whatever problem I was having at the time. I know He just patted me on the head saying, “child, child” while shaking His head. The sad part is that I implemented some of those plans and ended up in a worse mess.
Months later, we still do not understand why, however disappointment has turned to trust. The nail which was so firm was pulled out and because our foundation was firm, it did not collapse, the Lord did speak. Instead of asking why, we now ask Him what He wants to say to us about The Nail – it is all about trust, trusting He has something so much bigger for him than even he or I could imagine.
So here you are with The Nail pulled out, you have no idea what God’s plan is or even what He can do with the mess when The Nail came out…
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think!” Ephesians 3:20 NLT
Originally posted on MyPurposeNow.org 10/16/2011