As the previous article says, if we fast forward our life to get an end result, we certainly will miss out lots good things along the way. And sometimes, we realised God changed our plan from our busyness whatever our plans were. We might thought that as a curse for some reason we don’t succeed from our work. And the truth is, we won’t succeed from our work. If you think that’s just a little punishment from God, you probably would like to reconsider that.
In Jeremiah 29, The Lord commanded the exiles to build house and live in them, get married and having babies at the same place for 70 years. Would you think if The Lord asked you to stay at one Place for 70 years is a punishment? But The Lord’s intention is to ask the exiles to slow down, and start from doing something basic, take time to enjoy the creation The Lord made it, and mostly to take time to know God.
So The Lord is actually saying, “hey buddy, I will give you plenty of time to know me, maybe a whole life time? 70 years!!!” So slow down. In 29:11-14, The Lord made his intention clear:
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares The Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you. You will seek me and find me, when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you, declares The Lord, and I will restore your fortunes and gather you from all the nations and all the places where I have driven you, declares The Lord, and I will bring you back to the place from which I sent you into exile. ”
Let’s slow down and consider the purpose of the task we are doing, to get to know Him better through the progress rather than skipping steps. Recently, I bought a ice cream maker, and it makes tasty ice cream unless I follow the steps. Of course it starts with something basic like stirring eggs with sugars. I enjoyed the whole progress of making ice cream. But the ice cream is still rocking hard compare to what we get from the supermarket. Then I did the research why mine was hard, but commercial ones were soft, and I found some suggested solutions to improve for the next time. However, the point I want to make was, if I skipped some steps of making ice cream, firstly I wouldn’t know if I can still make the final product? And secondly, if things went wrong, I would have no clue which step I did wrong. Or I fast forward to the last step, which was eating ice cream… I wouldn’t know how and what ice cream was made of?
To seek God with our full heart is like learning making ice cream, it takes time. And we need to start with very basic things, to slow down, to appreciate His creation for us, to understand his plans for us. God is not looking for how much great things you have done on the earth, but simply our heart with full submission to Him.