by Fr Duncan McVicar on 15/12/2014 -
Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. Deliver me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of evil and cruel men. For you have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth. From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother’s womb. I will ever praise you. (Psalm 71:3-6)
We are all a unique “result” of God’s plan – his plan of love, wisdom and power. God has an original purpose for each one of us. In general terms, his purpose is that we imitate Christ to the best of our abilities here on earth, and then share in God’s divine life forever in heaven. The original way in which each of us “becomes like Jesus” unfolds according to his plan for us. Consider, for example, the life and times of Joseph of Egypt – the famous interpreter of dreams (see Genesis Chapters 37-50). At the beginning of his story he had a dream in which God showed him his destiny in life. The sun, moon and stars all bowed before him. He told this dream to his brothers, who for obvious reasons were not particularly happy at the thought that they should bow before him. So they sold him, made him a slave of the pagans. But they didn’t change God’s plan for Joseph. In fact, they were actually realizing his plan by doing this. He was put into prison. He had to suffer, and must have asked himself if this was truly God’s plan for him. Our human reasoning questions: Well how can this be fulfilling God’s plan when everything seems to be going wrong? However, we know how the Lord uses every situation, even when it looks dire and hopeless, to realize his plan step by step. God is not easily put off. Joseph then interpreted the dreams of Pharaoh and his destiny was fulfilled. He became, after Pharaoh, the most important and influential man in Egypt and later ended up saving his own family from famine and death. God took him by the hand. He guided him in wisdom. There is so much we do not understand in our lives: Fate, sorrow and happiness, health and sickness – they are all mysteries. The wisdom of God is behind each and every event of our lives. He has a purpose for us and his plan will reach its final conclusion in eternity. Sorrow and the cross, suffering and sin, failures and guilt – God can use everything to reach the purpose he has foreseen for us. He knows us inside out, he knows what our passions are, what motivates us, as does no one and nothing else on this earth, he knows what our choices and decisions will be. All this is included in his plan.
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