Small things often help us understand big things. Let me explain.
Yesterday, I had dinner outside. It was fish fry Friday. Before departing the restaurant, I ordered two pieces of fried cod to be put in a box for me to take home.
In spite of having had a nice dinner at the restaurant, I was hoping to return home and have the two additional pieces of cod later at night. It would have been a little too much, but my craving was high.
After arriving home, as I parked my car and started to walk towards the entrance of the building, the box of food slipped from my hand and fell on the ground. Not only that. The two pieces of fried cod also landed on the ground, outside the box.
I realized that my plan to eat the two pieces of fried cod, after returning home, had just been canceled. Not a big deal.
This small instance shows that we, as human beings, are truly not in control. We are neither in control of time nor circumstances. We can make a plan, but the realization of the plan depends on the will of God. We can pursue prosperity, but whether or not we will be prosperous depends on what God has planned for us. Our desires are ours, but the ultimate control of our lives is in God’s hands.
The lesson is to accept uncertainty, to be prepared for shocks and surprises, and to always be humble. The greatest of all lessons is the one that teaches us to accept the will of God, and to be thankful for all that He has bestowed upon us.