Our four year-old is a little obsessive compulsive. Each night before he can go to sleep, it is imperative that my wife sing him the Doxology and then tell him “the plan”. The plan is essentially what the family is planning to do the next day. For him, it doesn’t really matter what the plan is as long as he knows it. I don’t know what we’re going to do if he ever goes to camp for a week, but this nightly occurence led Keri and I to have a helpful discussion about God’s plan for us.
See, when Keri tells our son the plan she doesn’t give him all the details in the plan, she simply gives him a general overview of the plan so that he knows just enough to have something to look forward to. She gives him this overview not because she doesn’t know the details, but because it would take a little too much time and energy at the end of the day when her knees are about to buckle. In reality, however, our son doesn’t need to to know the details of the plan, all he needs to know are the characteristics of the one making the plan. He needs to know that his mommy loves him, that she’s trustworthy, and that her plans for him are made for his best. If he knows these things, then he can still sleep soundly at night, even if he doesn’t know everything he wants to know about the plan.
The same is true of our relationship to God. He gives us the general overview of the plan for our future: 1) If you are a Christian, God will progressively make you more like Jesus. 2) Either you will die and go to heaven first or Jesus will return to to collect you. 3) He will give you a new body and create a new world where you will worship Him in perfect faithfulness. This overview leaves a ton of details unknown, and sometimes that lack of information drives us to worry, fear, and anger. But in those times we must remind ourselves who has made this plan. It is the God loves us as He loves Jesus, who is in absolute control, who is completely trustworthy,who plans everything for our good, and who will never let anything separate us from His love. This knowledge does not need the details of the plan to bring us rest and peace.