“But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations”—Psalm 33:11 (NIV).
An anonymous quote on social media recently grabbed my attention. It said, “Long before Zacchaeus couldn’t see Jesus, the tree was planted to meet his need.”
Not only do I love this quote, I had to share it. Reflecting on the words, I began to think about God’s plans for my life. Until my rebirth, I never considered how God had already prepared a way for me, just as He did for Zacchaeus.
According to Luke 19, the tree Zacchaeus climbed to see Jesus is a Ficus sycomorus—its scientific name. That type tree can take from 20 to 50 years to grow to full maturity. So, it’s possible that before Zacchaeus was born, the tree he climbed was planted.
Before We Were Ever Born
Before we were ever born, God had plans for us. He knew the span of our life before we were formed in our mothers’ womb and the number of hairs on our head.
God doesn’t leave such attention to detail to chance. He has plans for each of His children, and they are good.
Before we even realize we’re going to need something, God has already planned for that need. Even before we ask Him for it, His plans are already in motion. Just ask Zacchaeus.
His Plans in Motion
My parents grew up attending church faithfully with their families. However, once they met and married, their church attendance was sporadic. Seven days before their seventh wedding anniversary, I was born. By this time, their church attendance had ceased. But God, in all His wisdom, knew my sister and I needed a Biblical foundation.
About the time my sister was born, 22 months after me, my parents purchased their first home. Brand new, the house was located a block from a small Methodist church. When my sister and I were old enough, we walked with other neighborhood children to attend Sunday School and church. My sister and I were baptized there. We made friends and participated in activities. But more importantly, we learned about God and His Son, Jesus Christ.
Was it by chance that my parents purchased the house at 755 West Jefferson Place in Lake Charles, Louisiana? What do you think?
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SOURCE: Assist News