“Make the tabernacle with ten curtains of finely twisted linen and blue, purple and scarlet yarn, with cherubim woven into them by a skilled worker. 2 All the curtains are to be the same size—twenty-eight cubits long and four cubits wide. 3 Join five of the curtains together, and do the same with the other five. 4 Make loops of blue material along the edge of the end curtain in one set, and do the same with the end curtain in the other set. 5 Make fifty loops on one curtain and fifty loops on the end curtain of the other set, with the loops opposite each other.6 Then make fifty gold clasps and use them to fasten the curtains together so that the tabernacle is a unit.
30 “Set up the tabernacle according to the plan shown you on the mountain.
Exodus 26:1-6, 30 (New International Version)
Part of the Plan?
When walking according to the ways of the Lord, we will experience things that just do not make any sense. They leave us wondering, “How does this even fit into the plan?” and even make us lose faith in the Lord. During my walk with the Lord, one such puzzling experience comes to mind.
Walking the Plan
After graduating from college with my teaching certificate, I knew that the teaching path was where the Lord wanted me to go. During that first year, I applied to school after school, and went to job fair after job fair; and yet no openings were made available to me. While I searched for work, I worked as a substitute, hoping that as I went into the school systems, a position would be made available . After that first year however, nothing opened up.
As a year turned into three years, my heart began to despair and I started to doubt the plan which the Almighty had set in my heart. In my prayers, I expressed my confusion and my frustration; and each time the Lord assured me that all everything was going according to His design for me. “How can three years without a teaching position be a part of the plan?” I asked the Lord; and His reply was simply, “Trust me.”
Everything Has Purpose
Everything that happens in our lives is according to the Lord’s unique design. We may not understand that purpose at first, but that is where faith comes in. In Exodus 26, God instructed the children of Israel in how to build His tabernacle. I wonder if the people questioned the design of this structure, after all, many of the materials were things not easily found in the desert. Even so, there was a reason for the Lord’s design of his place of worship.
Each component of the tabernacle’s design was meant to reflect the uniqueness of the Lord. The colors which the structure was comprised for instance symbolized God’s relationship with His people. The blues and purples, which are the colors of royalty, tell us that the Lord is King over His people Israel. Also, the scarlet colors found in the tabernacle serve as a reminder to the people that it was through the blood that He has redeemed them (the sacrifice of the Passover lamb).
The organization of the furniture within the tabernacle, with its separation of the holy and the most holy, taught the Israelites that the Lord was set apart from them due to their sin that was in them. Therefore, this reminded Israel to treat the Almighty with reverent fear and respect whenever they came to worship Him.
Trust in God’s Plan
Everything that the Lord does is with a purpose. Even though we may feel confused as to the function of His workings, we must trust that they have a role to play in the blue print of the Master Builder; a design that magnifies Him. As for my situation, I later learned that the purpose for my three years of finding no work was to prepare me for a new ministry that I was to participate in. I may not have understood the plan at the time, but I am glad that I stuck with it and reaped the rewards.
Therefore, as followers of God, let us faithfully follow the path which the Lord has placed us on. There will times on the way when we come to difficulties that don’t seem to fit into the scheme of things. Nevertheless, when we hit these snags, let us trust that even these difficulties have a purpose and will reveal God’s greatness.