Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT) Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.
Convergence is the process of coming together or the state of having come together toward a common point. It is in the distance dictating the paths traveled beforehand that will converge and continue into the future. It is a natural coordinated turning inward of the eyes to focus on an object at close range. Converge means to tend to meet in a point or to incline toward each other. It is a common result or conclusion. Convergence is a characteristic of God that perplexes humanity in our inability to trust Him completely and patiently wait out His Timing or process called convergence.
Ecclesiastes takes all the seasons of life – good and bad – happy and sad – mixing them all together delineating them for the reader than comes this promise from the Living and Loving God. “Yet…” God has made everything beautiful for its own time. The hope of our waiting on God through the dark days and deep valleys of life are found in promises just like this one. Romans 8:28 provides the outcome of waiting as God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love Him. Or maybe it is in the precedent set forth in Jeremiah 29:11 that the Lord has a plan – a good one – to give you a future and hope. Psalm 139:16 that He wrote it all down every moment before a single day had passed. The good. The bad. The ugly. The beautiful…
Acts 3:1-6 (NLT) Peter and John went to the Temple one afternoon to take part in the three o’clock prayer service. As they approached the Temple, a man lame from birth was being carried in. Each day he was put beside the Temple gate, the one called the Beautiful Gate, so he could beg from the people going into the Temple. When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for some money. Peter and John looked at him intently, and Peter said, “Look at us!” The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!”
Sitting in church, a gentleman had come to open our service. Encourage folks to engage in worship. Pump them up a little or exhort them to use the appropriate churchy term. It is sad that our engines must be revved and pumps primed to receive Living Water but nevertheless…I digress. He began talking about this story in Acts 3. I will admit that I was listening but not intently. See I have been in a dry season. A bit of a wilderness. I am looking for deep water. I long desperately for the Lord to breathe new life in me and cause these bones to live again. No, I am not backsliding. Of course, I still love the Lord with every fiber of my being. Just a dry season in need of rain…
Back to my story, as he continued to speak familiarity caused my mind to wander. That is until he began talking about the temple gate called the Beautiful Gate. He expounded on the meaning of “beautiful” in the Greek referring to this particular gate. “Beautiful” in the context used to name the gate means “happening or coming at the right time” and, of course, “beauty, fair and lovely.” I took out my journal and wrote “beautiful = right timing.” Oh friend, God provides a compass for life. His Word guides us and His Spirit leads us from glory to glory. He is leading us to something beautiful and each step an intrinsic part of our success. If only as believers, we could fully grasp the concept of convergence when God leads us to the gate called Beautiful and the masterpiece only imagined becomes the reality of our life. The compass of God doesn’t always show us where we are going sometimes its greatest purpose is to show us where we are.
The men all arrived at an appointed time. It was 3:00 PM prayer. The Jews were expected and the beggars were, too. They each expected each other. They all expected something. However, the beauty of this appointed time was not about meeting earthly expectations but rather experiencing God’s Presence in the fullest form.
This was a routine day in the life of three people, but God had an extraordinary destiny in store for them. The man had been lame from birth. His infirmity part of his identity. The man didn’t expect to be healed – he was simply trying to survive. Peter and John had come to pray. It was a ritual of their religion. Every single day they went to the temple to praying passing by throngs of people in need of assistance but this was the day the path of the three would intersect and converge. It would be a beautiful moment orchestrated by God for healing. Where are you going today? Could it be your day? The day everything changes. The day the dry season ends and fresh water revives your soul. The day when the sickness leaves your body and resurrection power makes you whole. The day when the windows of heaven open wide and the blessing promised overflows and overwhelms your life. It could be that day. The day that destiny converges with reality and God’s Promise is manifested in your life.
Proverbs 16:9 (NLT) We can make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps.
Our son was diagnosed with cancer. He underwent an intensive round of chemotherapy and extensive doses of radiation to kill it. It worked…for a while. When hints (symptoms) of the diseases return were recognizable around the one year anniversary of the first diagnosis, I got a tattoo. Please don’t shudder at the thought – this is important. If I look at my right wrist, I see the word “faith” but if I show it to you – it reads “hope.” At that moment, I needed to have a constant reminder that the journey of life is all about faith and hope. Why? Because without faith and hope there is no future. When the future must extend beyond the natural to the eternal, it is faith and hope that grants us access. When loved ones face an uncertain future, the future must reach beyond this life. I needed a reminder for the days ahead. The sickness. The hospital. The bad reports. The medical bills. Entering the realm of hope is a wonderful thing, but it is also the scariest moment of a mother’s life when it involves the life of your child.
We make our plans. Oh boy do we! We plan our little hearts out. Dreams, aspirations and goals in some effort to control the outcomes in life only to be miserably disappointed when our plan fails or doesn’t produce the satisfaction hoped for. Thankfully…
But the Lord determines our steps. The Lord has promised to make ALL THINGS beautiful in its time. “IT’S” timing is important. It is already predetermined for beauty…every single detail of our life. When I choose to trust Christ in each moment of each day and in every step – it really doesn’t matter how I feel, what the weather is like or if my conditions are favorable – there is a moment of convergence up ahead. I must only walk with Jesus to get there. Even when I choose to avoid Him, the Lord has still orchestrated divine appointments to meet me along the way. I hope someone is getting this today. I have been wandering in a wilderness. I woke up in the same wilderness but with a renewed mind. See it really doesn’t matter how things look around me or how dry my bones feel in this season – God is with me. He is leading me. The place we are going is called “Beautiful” and it is found 100% in His Timing according to His Plan. I can let go of control and choose to trust Him in this journey. The right people will be placed in my path. The right opportunities will come along. The provision will be available. The purpose will be revealed. All details will come together if I just stick with Him until our paths converge. Be encouraged today! Everything is going according to God’s Plan. He has carefully orchestrated each step and it all leads to a beautiful life!
Psalm 23 (NLT) The Lord is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. You prepare a feast for me in the presence of my enemies. You honor me by anointing my head with oil. My cup overflows with blessings. Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the Lord forever.