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3.27.2012

ACCIDENTALLY ON PURPOSE?

"I don't know if we each have a destiny, or if we're all just floating around accidental-like on a breeze, but I, I think maybe it's both. Maybe both is happening at the same time." 

That's one of my favorite quotes from the movie "Forrest Gump" spoken by Forrest to Jenny as he stood at the foot of her grave speaking his love to her.  Those words hit me for many reasons.  One of which is they speak, in very descriptive words, to a belief that I hold to.  I agree with them.  There are many philosophies out there about fate, destiny, deliberate divine master planning or total free will.  Here's how I see it.  Our lives in perfect form are like a completed Rubix Cube with all the colors perfectly matching from every side.  God hands us a Rubix Cube and tells us to live the life before us.  Now the before us part is where, I believe, based on choices we make from circumstances in front of us, we have total free will.  But God is God.  He created us, knows our bent, our hearts, our desires, our potential, and what we will choose ultimately, but He doesn't make the choice for us.  He is not the bully on the playground of our lives trying to gain control and dictate.  But rather, God is constantly interjecting Himself along the way, helping us to unscramble our cube - to get it back to perfectly matched on all sides.  I think, like Forrest, that God takes our floating on the breeze stuff and makes something of it.  There is though nothing in all creation that is totally by accident.  Some choice, some system, some reaction, some law of nature affects something else and so forth and so on.  Maybe God knows where the breeze might blow us.  Maybe He being God can use all fuel sources, all good and bad things, all what we call "happenstance or floating on a breeze" moments to make our lives purposed and still get us to a state of matching Rubix Cube colors.  I don't always know where that trajectory meets when my free will or happenstance intersects with God's plan for my life.  But I know it has.  Breezes and purpose collide all the time.

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