I would like to preface this blog posting with three things:
1. I am constantly inspired and challenged by Donald Miller’s writing, because it challenges the typical, right-winged, inside-the-box Christianity I have experienced at times in my life.
2. This is in no means meant to be rude, just a difference of opinion.
3. This isn’t actually a rebuttal to Donald Miller’s post, rather, it’s just a posting about my thoughts on the subject.
The recent blog posting of Donald Miller (http://donmilleris.com/2010/04/29/does-god-have-a-specific-plan-for-your-life-probably-not/) says that God probably doesn’t have a specific plan for your life. This was very timely, because I have been asking that exact question, does God have a specific plan for me?
I often ponder these “big questions” about life, but keep the thoughts rolling around in my head. With this question, I’ve literally been asking it, out-loud, to everyone for the past month.
Right around 2 a.m. last night, well this morning, I finally came upon a conclusion. Then about 12 hours later I read this posting from Donald Miller, which he wrote so eloquently (and I’m sure his thoughts are exactly what many believe). But his post actually confirmed my feelings on the subject, just that my thoughts are the exact opposite of his.
I believe that God knows everything about us and has the most specific plan for our lives.
Why do I think that He has this specific plan for every person on this earth?
At the start of Genesis, “…the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep…” Two chapters later (and realistically 6 days later), God had already created every detail of creation; from the heavens to the earth and the creatures to the humans. I just have to reiterate, all details of this earth were perfectly constructed in six days! The human being alone has a dozen major organ systems, that then has hundreds of individual structures…not even including every individual cell of the human body. On top of the inside of a human’s body, let’s not forget that He said He even knows the very number of hairs on our head (Matthew 10:30). If that doesn’t speak to God’s attention to detail, then I don’t know what does.
Also, according to Psalm 147:4, God also knows every single star by name (There are approximately 10 to the 24th stars. Plug that number in your calculator and see what you get. It’s trillions upon trillions).
The last scripture reference I’ll point out is Job 28:24, “For He looks to the end of the earth, and sees everything under the heavens.”
With all that in mind, can you seriously say that God hasn’t worked out every last detail of your life? Well, I can’t. If He took enough time to know the name of every rock-like light in the sky, you better believe that I am confident He has a very specific plan for my life. I believe that God is too personal to not know every move that I will make.
I strongly agree with Donald Miller’s sentiments to draw with the “box of crayons” God is setting down in front of us. But I also think that God knows exactly what we’re going to draw.