Early this morning, I tweeted two thoughts:
“Choices Not Chances control our Destiny“
“Life is not about the chances we take or what by chance comes our way, but the way we respond to the sorrow or happiness that comes our way”
Afterward I went for my usual hour swim. As I was swimming, I realized that these are more true than I first thought.
Think of the first couple on the planet (whether you believe in that account or not,, humor me and think about the first couple however they got here). They made a “choice” to defy the creator’s rule and eat of a forbidden tree with its fruit. They knew God was a friendly creative and compassionate God (I mean he came into the garden every morning to just chit chat and remain connected). They took a chance and ate the fruit. Not sure why or what they were thinking. We are sure they instantly felt shame inside and resorted to blaming each other, the serpent and even God. Later when God did come into the garden not with anger toward them or fear for them but with compassion toward them, he called out in a loving voice and tone, “Where are you all?” Everything that happened afterward expresses the love and care of God. I will blog tomorrow about the 7 acts of grace from the creation record.
God made a choice, to create people with independence and self determination. God could not take that back but love them to a second choice. God chose to be the first to shed innocent blood as he made a covering for them, a garment of grace to cover over the act of their defiance of rule. The couple now made the choice to put on those provided clothes and feel the comfort of their covering them in grace and gratitude. God’s second choice created a second chance with the accompanying responsibility to make a second choice.
For God and humanity it is never about chance always about choice.