God has a plan and a purpose for every person for those who love him and for those who don’t. The Bible tells us that his plan and purpose is good and won’t bring harm to us (Jeremiah 29:11). Some people have specific callings on their lives using their God-given gifts and talents. While others are using their gifts and talents in various areas.
When we aspire to fulfill the purpose God has on our lives these purposes become dreams. God gives us dreams that we cannot achieve on our own, dreams that are so enormous that they will only be accomplished with the help of God himself. However, life happens and it can be cruel, unjust, or distracting. What once motivated us to keep reaching for our dream is now in the background.
Jesus had a definite calling on his life. His purpose was to come to earth as God in flesh, prove his love for us by dying selflessly on a cross, then rising from the dead three days later. Jesus faced bumps along the road in fulfilling his purpose. How he handled these bumps can be an encouragement to us.
Jesus faced people who hated him, despised him, and didn’t believe him. In a few instances he faced prejudice. Let’s look at how he handled it in one case in Luke 9:51-56: “As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem. And he sent messengers on ahead, who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him; but the people there did not welcome him, because he was heading for Jerusalem. When the disciples James and John saw this, they asked, ‘Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven to destroy them?’ But Jesus turned and rebuked them, and they went to another village.”
Samaritans hated Jews and Jews hated Samaritans. When Jesus who was headed to Jerusalem came to a city of Samaritans, they didn’t want him in their city. Most Jews heading from Galilee to Southern Judea chose to walk around Samaritan territory. Jesus loved all people no matter their race or background. The disciple’s response was one of anger and vengeance. But Jesus’ response was to find another way to Jerusalem.
Sometimes in the process of aspiring to reach goals, we get bumps along the way. Instead of getting angry, we need to be resolute in reaching the dream and creative in finding other ways to achieve it. May we not become discouraged when our plans are sidelined momentarily, but instead, may we pause, inquire of the Lord and obediently change course. The God-ordained dream will still be accomplished, the journey might possibly change along the way.