Confession: I’m a man who likes a plan. I read instruction manuals. I’m type A. I tend to be a perfectionist. Get the picture? Here’s another confession: things don’t always work out as planned. I’m learning to live with that… learning to make adjustments, to be patient, to accept less than perfection. I’m learning that things don’t always go the way I expected them to. And that’s okay. Because God has a lens that is way more wide-angle than mine.
God had a plan for Moses and the Israelites, too. He told Moses the plan. But when Moses went to Pharaoh, it didn’t go exactly like he thought it would. He was supposed to be really convincing and Pharaoh was going to listen to him. That’s not what happened; in fact, the opposite happened. Pharaoh decided to make life more miserable for the Israelites.
Exodus 5:22-23 Moses returned to the LORD and said, “Why, Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Is this why you sent me? Ever since I went to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has brought trouble on this people, and you have not rescued your people at all.”
You call THIS a rescue, God?! I mean, you said if I went to Pharaoh it would work out. You said you were going to free the people. Some rescuer you are! Do you blame Moses? I don’t. This whole situation must have been confusing. Things weren’t making sense. The people he was trying to help were now mad at him. This isn’t working out.
Here’s the thing: even though it didn’t seem to be working out, God was still at work. He was about to put on a pretty epic show in the land of Egypt that would be undeniable. It would be clear that God was the one doing the rescuing, not Moses. It was going to be awesome, but it was going to be in His timing.
We tend to miss seeing what God is doing, too – especially when we have stuck in our head a particular way in which we think God should be working. We think He missed it, that He’s too late. He must not understand what’s at stake. How could He not know what’s going on? Maybe we are the one who don’t know what’s going on. Maybe we are looking at life through our microscopic lens rather than God’s wide-angle one. Because I guarantee you that He has a better perspective than we do.
So the next time you feel like this just isn’t working out, consider that in the big scheme of things, it just might be turn out okay in the end.