looking back on life and God’s hand in it

A person’s steps are directed by the Lord.
How then can anyone understand their own way?

Proverbs 20:24

When one looks over their life, if there’s faith, they can see God’s hand in it. Things working out certain ways, maybe in spite of themselves, or even with questionable or bad choices in the mix.

I look back over a life that is now more than half way done. You do that as you get older, reminisce on old friends, choices made, what has come of it. And as I look back, I can see God’s hand in it.

Of course I was fallible all along, and made plenty of mistakes, even a fatal turn which mercifully God stopped. But God was infallible along the way, at work in it all for good, to bring good out of everything, even what was not good. God somehow was working out his purpose, yes, quite often, too often in spite of ourselves.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart,
but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.

Proverbs 19:21

Yes, God is at work. If we would just accept that, how much better off we would be. We would give up our struggle and empty ways. Life would be better for us and others.

But make no mistake, God’s will and purpose will succeed. And yes, in the way of, and in and through Jesus.