The top picture I took a year ago on my way back from Bonnyville and Cold Lake, Alberta. It spoke to me of someone's shattered dream. The bottom I took the other day, of the same site. Now nothing is left. The destruction is complete. Any remnant of the plans and dreams of whoever L'il Dave is or was have been eradicated, at least as far as the physical premises of his business at this site are concerned.
I don't know why, but this touches my heart. I have always had a mentor's heart. Whether it has been in my own business or in a business in which I have served in management, I have always felt a fatherly concern for younger people just starting out in the working world. Even in my most recent, "retirement career" with Alpha I constantly keep my eyes open for people with potential to rise up through ranks, so to speak. One thing I have always tried to do is to find and train up my own replacement. As someone has said, "If you can't be replaced, you can't be promoted."
That's not my motivation here with Alpha. I have no ambition but to keep doing what I'm doing for as long as the Lord will allow me and enable me. But at some point I will have to pass the torch, and my duty to God and this ministry is to have someone ready to take it over when my time has come.
But I'm digressing from the point I originally began. This verse came to my mind.
Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve,Now, that may be cruel to post that, and it may indeed have nothing with the reality of these pictures, but another verse came to mind in the same regard:
everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun. (Ecclesiastes 2:11)
In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps. (Proverbs 16:9)Or this:
Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.” (James 1: 13-15)And finally:
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)I don't know if this all makes sense to anyone but me, but perhaps it's just a matter of connecting the dots. We humans make all sorts of plans, have all sorts of dreams for our futures, but for each one we should be lifting it up to God and asking if this is in His will. Sometimes, in the short term, if things don't work out the way we hope, we can be disappointed. Hey, I just thought of another verse:
Take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)I believe that is not to say He will give us everything we want, but He will implant new desires in our hearts; desires that align with His will and His plan.
God's plan is best. In fact it is perfect, and the closer we come to it, the better things will be.