You’ve heard of “vague booking”, right? It’s when someone posts just one word or phrase that doesn’t give the whole story, but leaves you compelled to comment and ask questions. A friend’s recent Facebook post left me and all her other friends hanging with the statement, “This could change everything.” She was referring to a phone call she had taken from a number she didn’t recognize. Her phone conversation had the potential to change her life. It made me start thinking. How many of us are just waiting for that one thing, that “this” that could change everything?
Later that day I got this Toyota Clearance Sale advertisement in the mail. The ad had the same message, “This changes everything”. I hardly think their sale is going to change my life, but it did keep me thinking on this subject.
How much time do we spend waiting for that one phone call, that one event, meeting the right person or being in the right place at the right time? We wonder when do we get our big break or when is our ship coming in? We wonder and we wait.
There are many “firsts” in life that change everything. The first time you took a step enabled you to get farther, faster. The first time you fell in love you experienced a whole new intensity of emotion. When you first got your driver’s license, your world became so much larger. Those are all good things that changed everything for you. Good “firsts” that happen in your life can bring such a rush of exuberance. They help us feel motivated and inspired. They give us hope for bigger and better things in our future. They help us see more of the big picture ahead.
Then there are “firsts” that changed everything for you in a negative way. The first time you were lied to and it made you suspicious or the first time you were betrayed and you began to not trust. Maybe for you, the first time you smoked a cigarette or took a drug, you became addicted or the first time you were fired or laid off of a job, as a result you lost everything you owned. These things suck the life out of us. They cause our world and our big picture to become much smaller. Joy, inspiration and motivation are diminished. Hope for the future fades.
There are “lasts” in life that change everything. That last day of kindergarten leads us to the last day of high school and eventually the last day of college. We’re on top of the world at that point and just know that success will soon be ours. The day the smoker or the addict has the last cigarette or the last hit, now that’s a good day!
Then you have the excruciatingly painful “lasts”. That last kiss, that last hug, the last goodbye… These do indeed, change everything.
I saw a Geico commercial recently. The little Geico gecko is standing in a high place and wondering if he would be able to see Mt Rushmore from where he was standing. As the camera pans out, the gecko is actually standing in the eye of one of the presidents on Mt Rushmore, but the gecko can’t see that. He was already a part of the big picture that he wanted to see, yet he stood waiting… Can you see yourself in the place of this little gecko? I know I’ve been there.
How many of us sit on the edge of our destiny, not even knowing what that edge is that we’re sitting on? The only action we take is to wait…
The big picture isn’t always easy to see. The puzzle pieces that make the picture are never all put together in the box. They’re a jumbled mess and unless you actually have the box, it’s very difficult to make any sense out of the pieces. Yet the fact is, the puzzle piece that represents us is in that box. It is a part of the big picture. It’s all there and we’re already part of it.
Ok, now it’s my turn to ‘vague book”. I don’t know how your puzzle is supposed to go together any more than I know how mine is supposed to look when it’s complete. I just see pieces and some are in their place already, but I still can’t see the big picture because I’m right in the center of it, just like the gecko.
What I do know is that there is one truth that changes everything for me. For those of you who aren’t into religion, I’m not either, but I do believe in a good God who watches over and takes care of me. And I do believe the verse in the Bible that says this:
“For I know the plans I have for you”, says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
My hope and my future rest in the hands of a God who has been big enough, in spite of the messes I’ve made, to make himself real to me. The puzzle pieces of my life don’t just randomly fall into place. I believe they are put in place in the right order at the right time. I don’t feel a need to know how it’s all going to play out because I trust the one who holds the box and sees the big picture, and it’s beautiful! There are bigger and better things ahead. Hold onto that hope. It’s one truth that changes everything.