Accept the way God does things, for who can straighten what he has made crooked? -Ecclesiastes 7:13 (NLT)
It’s Labor Day here in the United States, a national holiday commemorating those whose labor and efforts and perseverance made this nation great. It also reminds me of how God wants us to see work and our lives.
As a person who has a bad habit of taking on too much, I’m always looking for shorter and more efficient ways to do things…so I can simultaneously do more things. Inevitably, quality and delivery suffers. Eventually, I end up disappointing someone.
What the above verse in Ecclesiastes makes me think about is that, sometimes, there aren’t shortcuts or easier ways to get something done right. And in life, sometimes there’s not a shortcut to get to the goals for which we pray. We often need to enjoy the scenery while we traverse the twists and turns, not lament about why we’re not there yet.
God has a way of doing things perfectly in our lives. While we want the shortcut to our destinations, He has better thoughts and plans and ways for us. So, we can instead do our best for him in the now, trusting He’s got later taken care of.