Tuesday, August 2, 2016

366 Project - Day 215 - "Abstract (The Curve)"

August 02, 2016 - "Abstract (The Curve)"

I've often heard the saying "The shortest route between two points is a straight line".

Of course, according to  Euclidean geometry, this assumes that "Point A" and "Point B" are both on a flat surface.

Life doesn't occur on a flat surface, however... and as Navigational Rhumb Lines have told us for centuries, sometimes the shortest distance between "Point A" and "Point B" is actually quite curved.

What is my point in all of this?

Sometimes we think we have it all figured out. We think we know the quickest and shortest way to get to our ultimate destination. We look at where we are and where we want to be, and assume that the best way to get there is by simply moving in a straight line toward what we want.

Then "life" happens.

Obstacles come our way that seem to push us off course, and we cannot understand why. We get upset, because we think we're doing everything the right way - yet all of these obstacles keep forcing us to travel in directions we don't want to have to travel. We pray and pray that the obstacles will stop and we'll just be able to travel the straight and narrow road we think is the right one. Our prayers seemingly go unanswered, so we get upset at God... thinking He is not listening... thinking He does not care... thinking He is throwing us off course and making things much more difficult for us, rather than helping us.

We forget that God knows much more about us than we do. God knows the way we need to take to get where we're meant to go... and, as much as we struggle against it and grow angry and complain at what we're "forced" to deal with - God has us exactly where we are supposed to be. He knows that life does not happen in straight lines... and He can see the curve we need to take to arrive where we're meant to go.

Sometimes we just have to trust that He knows far more than we do... and have to learn to accept his timing in things.

We may want the straightest, shortest, easiest route through life... nice and smooth and flat...

... but life just doesn't happen on a flat surface.

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