None of us can forget the Michael Jordan highlights in the sporting news with his acrobatic dunks and almost mythical ability to ‘fly.' Jordan could arguably be the best basketball player of all time, and no one would doubt that he was gifted to play basketball.
For Jordan to do anything less would almost be a waste. We all wanted him to come back after retirement not playing baseball—which for some was the equivalent to ‘hopscotching.'
I think all us will agree there is a sense of wonder beholding someone or something doing what they ‘were meant’ to do: watching a gifted piano player at a concert or being in awe of a falcon diving at 200 mph on a prey.
I believe we come to the place of wonder because it’s directly linked to destiny and the fact was there was a plan ... always.
In the book of Genesis, I was struck by how many times God relished in his handiwork.
Genesis 1:8 “God saw that it was good.”
God would look at the day and night, and delight in it like any artist: there was a sense of satisfaction because of his original intention. There was a plan and design from the beginning.
Ever wondered why puppies and kittens are so adorably cute? I find myself gushing over puppies like a kid every time. God designed them to be cute and create joy.
Ever encounter a YouTube video watching a laughing baby giggling over the same thing over and over again? No matter how bad your day was you WILL smile. Babies are to be a delight—I’ve seen convicts go ‘goo-goo-ga’ at the sight of a baby.
When we behold something wondrous it is because something or someone is doing what they were designed to be. There was a plan. When people see their lives without purpose, intent or view their lives as random, it creates despair.
Anytime we don’t move in what were designed for, it’s frustrating; trying to be something you’re not. Our responsibility is to find our ‘calling’ and sometimes in life we get frustrated with life because we’re not functioning in our original design.
It’s really like Jordan playing hopscotch. It’s NOT right. I had one of those moments early in my career juggling too many things early and I got fired for it. A vice president said, “... You know what your weaknesses are, you can’t be good at everything. Just be good at what you’re good at and things will work out.”
God’s commentary on this is, “For I know the plans I have for you...” (Jeremiah 29:11).
There is a plan for each of us and when things aren’t working, you need to find out the plan, the design.
Just don’t fight what you were meant to be. Otherwise you might as well do hopscotch with Jordan.