Grand Things in the Grand Scheme

Isn’t it Grand that Someone Else is in Control?

Studio 1-37's small things grand schemesBeing in control is not always a grand position and sometimes I am more than willing to step back and let someone else take charge. Yet there are other times that being the one who makes the ultimate decision is more than grand. It is important that when you are in the ultimate authority position you must take into account the ”grand scheme of things.” This is how everything works together successfully when the final decision is made.

There is a funny story about the grandness of being in control told about Christian Herter who was governor of Massachusetts in the nineteen fifties. He was running hard for a second term in office that year and on this particular day, after a busy morning chasing votes found himself at a church barbecue. He had not eaten any lunch, it was late afternoon when he arrived, and so he was greatly famished. As Herter moved down the serving line, he held out his plate to the woman serving chicken. She put a piece on his plate and turned to the next person in line. ”Excuse me.” Governor Herter said, ”Do you mind if I have another piece of chicken?” ”Sorry,” the woman told him. ”I’m supposed to give one piece of chicken to each person.” ”But I’m starved,” the governor said. ”Sorry,” the woman said again. ”Only one to a customer.” The Governor was a modest and unassuming man, but this time he decided that he would throw a little weight around. ”Do you know who I am? He said. ”I am the governor of this state.” Without batting an eye, the woman stared him down and said, ”Do you know who I am?” ”I am the lady in charge of the chicken. Now move along mister.” In the ”grand scheme of things” the lady knew that in order to serve everyone at the barbecue there was only enough chicken for each person to have one piece. Knowing the ”grand scheme of things” made all the difference.

We don’t always distinctly see the ”grand scheme of things” or we don’t see the grand in them until after they are clearly revealed. This week’s focus verse speaks to such. We may not clearly see or understand God’s plan but He does have one and His plan trumps all. He does indeed know the ”grand scheme of things.” Sometimes His plan is clearly revealed, sometimes it is finally noted after we see how the pieces fit in place, and other times we may never understand. Through it all though we must remain confident that God’s plan is in place and it is important that we base our lives from His perspective. God is in control and we can clearly see that as we watch how the early church unfolded.

Christ is the main building block for the church and it is through God’s magnificent plan that we can see how it revealed itself. For without the ”rejected stone” we wouldn’t have a church for all people. Christ is the basis from all that we, as Christians, believe and do. It is not important that we understand the ”grand scheme of things” but that we know in full confidence that God’s plans are always beyond grand.

”Didn’t you ever read this in the scriptures? ”˜The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the Lord’s doing and it is wonderful to see.’” Mark 12:10 ”“ 11 (NLT)

How to Live a Grand Life When You Don’t Understand the Plan!

So how do you live a grand life in the ”grand scheme of things”? It may sound impossible and improbable but there are three ways to live a grand life in God’s grand scheme of plans.

  1. Strive to be more Christ like ”“ This is an everyday living plan. You must follow the teachings of Christ and aim to love others you come in contact with as He did. By following this the church will continue to grow making all the world a better place.
  2. Live Your life confidently ”“ By living your life confidently, not faltering in your beliefs, and holding fast to knowing that God is in control; you will find the peace you need to accept the grand scheme of things.
  3. Step out in Faith ”“ Faith builds the strength needed to trust God’s ultimate plan and by stepping out you will often see bits of His plan revealed to you just as you need it.

Sometimes no matter how hard you try to be more Christ like, live confidently, and step out in faith you just have to accept the fact that God knows what is best because He sees all. There is a story told about the power of the lighthouse and the ultimate importance of accepting and obeying the Laws that it sets.

A battleship assigned to a training squadron was at sea on maneuvers in heavy weather for several days. The visibility was poor with strong fog. The captain of the ship remained on the bridge keeping a close eye on all the activities that were constantly occurring. Just after dark, the lookout on the ship’s wing reported, ”Light, bearing on the starboard bow.” The captain called out, ”Is it steady or moving astern?” The lookout replied, ”Steady Captain.” Things didn’t look good for it meant that the ship was on a dangerous collision course. The captain then called to the signalman, ”Signal that ship: ”˜We are on a collision course, advise you change course twenty degrees.’” In just a short time, back came the signal. ”Advisable for You to change course twenty degrees.” The captain said, ”Send: ”˜I’m captain, change course twenty degrees.’” A reply was quickly returned, ”I’m a seaman second-class. You had better change course twenty degrees.” By this time the captain was furious. He yelled out, ”Send: ”˜I’m a battleship. Change course twenty degrees!’” Back came the flashing light, ”I’m a lighthouse!” The ship changed course.

Sometimes from your viewpoint you just can’t see the ”grand scheme of things.” Sometimes life doesn’t seem fair, just, or the least bit logical. This is when though you must remind yourself and accept that God is in control. His ultimate plan will prevail. He does know the grand scheme of things. He placed Christ as the solid foundation of the church for us to build upon. ”He knows what He is doing and it will be wonderful to see!”

Love in Christ,

E.J.

Postscript

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them. Romans 8:28 (NLT)

Extra Study

Psalms 118:22-23, Acts 4:11, Romans 9:33, Ephesians 2:20, 1 Peter 2:5 – 7; Cornerstone: What’s Yours Made of?

Credits 
Bits and Pieces. (1992, May 28). Bits and Pieces, 5-6.

Lucado, M. (1991). In the Eye of the Storm. Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

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Have you ever been in charge and people didn’t understand why you were making the decisions you made? Have you ever seen the ”grand scheme of things” revealed to you by others? Has God made clear parts of His plan to you in your life? Join us in discussion on living life when we don’t always know or understand the ”grand scheme of things” from God’s plan.

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