It’s the first morning back to normalcy after the December Ice Capades swept through North Texas and thoroughly messed up all of my perfect little plans. Ha! Someone said, (I can’t recall and I’m even too lazy to even Google it right now) “We make plans and God laughs!”
One of the main themes in TWO FROM GALILEE is the miraculous and mysterious sovereignty of God that brought about – at the exact moment of history it must have been – the birth of the Savior of the world. Thus, simply put, one of the “take-aways” from the show is simply that we must submit ourselves and our plans to the will of God and trust Him with all of our hearts.
My character, Joachim, quotes this prophetic passage during the musical:
“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Though you are little among the thousands of Judah,
Yet out of you shall come forth to Me
The One to be Ruler in Israel,
Whose goings forth are from of old,
Therefore He shall give them up,
Until the time that she who is in labor has given birth;
Then the remnant of His brethren
Shall return to the children of Israel.
And He shall stand and feed His flock
In the strength of the Lord,
In the majesty of the name of the Lord His God;
And they shall abide,
For now He shall be great
To the ends of the earth;
And this One shall be peace.
Micah 5:2-5 (NKJV)
A few thoughts as I reflect on this passage this morning:
1. God knows the end from the beginning. His plan for a Savior is from everlasting. The Jews wondered for centuries if God would deliver the promised Messiah . . . I think I can wait a few more days before opening night. When we made “our plans” back in February to schedule two weekends of shows – God knew more than we did how badly we’d need them.
2. We should rest and rely on the “strength of the Lord” as mentioned above and His wisdom rather than our own. Father really does know best. He always accomplishes His will – who can stop Him?
3. We exist to exalt “the majesty of the name of the Lord His God.” It’s never been about us and our show, anyway. It’s really only about people experiencing the presence of God and knowing that He is Lord.
4. He (Jesus) is our peace. Oh, believe me – it’s been stressful trying to make the right decisions in the midst of this major curve ball – but I have never doubted that God is in control. Please know, I am not bragging when I say that or pointing up my spiritual wisdom. No – not at all. I am merely giving a testimony that Jesus is our peace – He comes to us in our frustration and our anxiety and our smallness and says . . .”Rest in me . . . relax . . . I got this.” (at least in my translation)
I am truly excited to see what God has in store for this weekend . . . I’m very curious to know just how His plan was better than the one I laid out so strategically and carefully so many months ago. The fact is, I may not know – He may not reveal all of His reasons to me, and that’s OK. My assignment is to trust – and rest in Him. And – there could be another curve ball out there . . . (I really hope not). But that won’t change the fact that He is God and I am not . . . PRAISE GOD FOR THAT!