Pots and Pans

I have spent the past few days trying to resolve an issue with my Apple ID on my iPhone.
As of this writing it is still not resolved.
I was chatting online with “Support” at Apple and the “consultant” I was typing back and forth with realized after a few minutes that my problem was above his “pay grade.”
He politely typed into the “chat box” that he would be transferring me over to his supervisor who would call me by phone. After a couple of minutes of patiently waiting he informed me that his system was not working properly to transfer me to his supervisor.  He then offered these words…

“Guess that’s the story of my life, nothing really pans out as I wish.”

Seeing God At Work Everyday

Where were you fifteen years ago today?
On September 28th, 1998 where were you living?
What was your occupation?
Who were you married to?
How many kids did you have?
How was your health?
What were your plans?
What were your hopes and dreams?

Answer the same questions for
Where were you ten years ago on September 28, 2004?
Where were you five years ago on September 28, 2009?
Where are you today?

Has anything “panned” out the way you wished or thought that they would?
How do you feel about how life has turned out thus far?

I am reminded of this great verse …

We can make our plans,
    but the Lord determines our steps. (Proverbs 16. 9 NLT)

Are you comforted by these words or terrified by them? Or somewhere in between?

I know more people whose lives have not panned out the way they thought they would versus the number of people whose lives turned out exactly the way they thought they would twenty to thirty years ago. (or even five years ago for that matter)

I also know a large number of people whose lives have offered to me great significance and incredible spiritual purpose for the sole reason that their lives did not pan out the way they thought it would or wished

What does that say about our lives?
What does that say about God?

Here’s my take…
I’ll take care of the pots
I’ll let God take care of the “pans.”

Laugh often and Fear not!


ps – I would love to hear from you on whether or not your life has “panned” out the way you thought it would…
Feel free to leave a comment in the “Leave a Comment” box or email me at David@seeinggodatworkeveryday.com

3 thoughts on “Pots and Pans

  1. Right on David!
    If I’m reading you correctly, you’re equating the pans with God’s ultimate (sovereign) will, and the pots with His revealed will? Here is the problem: not only do people mistake their pots for pans, they also wait to be given permission to use the pans. This creates a lot of unnecessary confusion in the kitchen, (i.e., the life of the individual who makes this mistake). In fact, they have a kitchen full of perfectly good pots but refuse to cook because they are waiting for the pans that they can’t have. If we would only realize that only the Head Chef uses the pans and that we should be cooking meals with the pots that are waiting to be used.
    In other words, let’s stop waiting for God to reveal His Sovereign will for our lives when we already have his revealed will. Micah 6:8 “He hath shown thee, O man, what is good: and what doth the Lord require of thee but to do justly and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God.”

  2. David, that was awesome! If could remember that each and every day things would be so less overwhelming. I look forward to being able to share and be there for someone that has been given different opportunities in their life than they had planned.

  3. Well put my friend, It’s like the book “We plan and God laughs”. I have learned over my life to expect the unexpected, and to truly be thankful for for whatever that may be. I always love your analogies David, thank you.

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