The working of events and circumstances in your life is still a mystery to you. Even though you have vision, you have an idea how things will turn out and where you are going, still there is much before you that remains unknown and uncertain. There are a number of reasons these things have been hidden from you, for you would have responded differently had you seen the end, along with everything in between, all at once. You would have made different choices along the way had you known where and how you were going to finish. (1)
In your zeal to help and cooperate, you would have missed on the valuable training and experience needed to prepare you to arrive just where I want you. Though you would have meant well, you would not have chosen well. You would have looked at things one-dimensionally. You would have looked at things naturally and logically. You would have pondered them from your perspective, rather than the entire scope of all things involved. You would have chosen things for today, not for tomorrow. You would have made choices that would have produced the results you desired, without care or consideration how it would affect others. (2)
In contrast, my perspective is focused on your heart, not so much on the results you may produce. My perspective is future-minded, seeing the end at the same time as the beginning. My perspective considers all things, and all people, so no one is left out, no one is ignored. With this in mind, understand at time I may choose to guide you to an indirect path. I may not have you take the shortest distance possible. Instead, I may choose to take you the path of optimum experience, the path of optimum transformation, the path of optimum glory. (3)
Your journey in life through this world it is not just about the results you will produce, though you have been given purpose and function in order to accomplish the work intended for you. No, it is also about who you will grow to become throughout your journey as a direct result of the process. It is about how much you grow and change through your experiences. It is about discarding the elements you do not need, and adopting the elements you do need. (4)
You have not seen the entire picture. You have not seen everything, even within your own scope, let alone the entire spectrum. These things were hidden to help you, to keep you from distraction, to keep you from being overwhelmed, to keep you from becoming unnecessarily confused. These things were hidden from you to keep you on track, and to expose and refine the issues of your heart.
While there have been many days and nights feeling lost, confused, and wondering where this is all going, know you have never been forgotten. You have never been abandoned. You have never been out of my sight, nor out of my thoughts. I have been with you every step of the way, and I have seen all these things coming all the while, for there are no surprises for me.
All these processes will draw you further in your journey, but also further away from your idols, further away from your hurts and distractions. All these processes will bring you closer to me if you allow them. The choice is yours, and I have given you the option to choose your own path. I am helping you stay true, even though it may not seem this way to you right now, but I am allowing you to make your own choice for your self – the choice to accept or reject, the choice to continue or give up, the choice of life or death. (5)
(1) Proverbs 19:21, Proverbs 21:30, Proverbs 29:18
(2) 2 Peter 3:8, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, James 4:13-15
(3) Ezekiel 36:26, Proverbs 4:23, Romans 8:28
(4) John 15:2, Zechariah 13:9
(5) James 4:8, Deuteronomy 30:19, Jeremiah 33:3