We begin our final week of sitting with Psalm 139 by contemplating verse 16:
Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In Your book were written all the days that were formed for me when none of them as yet existed.
Can it really be true that God has a plan for every life? The psalmist is convinced that all of our days are known to our Maker long before our physical beings take shape. What's required of us to accept that? First, we must dismiss every doubt that it's possible. Our faith in God’s power to part time’s curtain and observe the particulars of our daily lives must be secure. But perhaps the bigger faith-leap comes when we confess that God is able to know our past, present, and future, and yet summon the restraint to allow us to live as we will. What we’re given—our making, history, circumstances, talents, and so on—is by design. What we do with our gifts (even those we don’t perceive as gifts) is up to us. God endows each of us with innumerable choices. God knows how we’ll respond to our gifts, whether we’ll embrace and cherish our making or despise and reject it. The gifts and choices specific to each of us are laid out before us. They’re in God’s book. Deciding to use them as God desires, to honor our Creator in all that we are and everything we do, rests entirely with us. There is a plan. Accepting and following God's plan will lead us to life.