I quote from the Bible :
Ecclesiastes 3:11 – Bible, New International Version (NIV)
3:11 – He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.
Quite often, we feel we can plan almost everything that we want to gain within our so limited lifespan. Yes, I agree with you. We should be clearly focused on the goal and work tirelessly towards achieving the goal in the most earnest way, keeping in mind our existing abilities or those that can be acquired by us. Many try to reach out beyond, not sure whether they can achieve what they aspire to get. I call this approach as foolish. Just like we know our strengths, we should accept our weaknesses and try to get over them. Most abilities are inherent in an individual – you may call it a talent one is born with. That’s why, it is essential to know yourself well, before commencing or doing any task. Can I do it ? What is the chance of succeeding, if I do it ? These questions should be answered sincerely without fooling ourselves. In addition, you need to know whether you really want it or not. Whether you will like to do it or not.
These attributes can be learned from any of the self-improvement books written by several well-known authors on this subject. Then, why do we say..God makes things beautiful in His time ? Why this dependence on an external or even the force within ? Where is the role of self-effort ? If everything happens in His time, why not wait for it to happen on its own ?
There are two distinct philosophies one can choose from and subscribe to –
– Make things happen (MTH Philosophy )
– Let things happen (LTH Philosophy )
The daring do not want to wait and so they believe in making things happen in their lives. They cannot take a NO as an answer at all. Some of them are even self-proclaimed atheists and feel that they alone are responsible for whatever happens in their lives. At the same time, there are others who are God believers and they work tirelessly but are wise to Let things happen. They exercise the required patience, they consider themselves as mere disciples waiting for their master to reward them for the efforts made. They are self driven and motivated under trying conditions. They do not entertain self-pity, jealousy, anger, greed, haste, and other negatives. They do not compare themselves with others, knowing well that they are unique or they are different from others.
In fact, God does not subscribe to either of these philosophies. For He Knows !! He is within you and He knows what is right for you and when it is right for you. It is His decision that matters more. Does this kind of approach or a thought process makes one a fatalist or lazy and even defeated ? NO. Instead, it brings in the sagacity to differentiate the possible from the impossible. Once this is understood, life becomes simple and happier. It builds self-worth. It builds patience and character. It makes one compassionate towards others.
And only a small percentage of the seekers know this secret, while the rest are in the rat race, trying to look happier, trying to compare themselves with others not knowing what they want or what they are capable of doing.