One of my greatest weaknesses in life are meatballs. Meatballs, mash, lingonberry jam, and gravy! Delicious and all at a reasonable price. The only problem is that in Australia, the best place to acquire this delicacy is IKEA. Yep, furniture superstore feeding up amazing culinary delights. Who would have thought?! Consequently, my desire for meatballs always ends up costing me a lot more than I originally planned. Especially if my wife is involved. A lot more money. A lot more time. And a lot more effort. The quick trip for a tasty treat ends up becoming a meandering journey through the jungle maze of flat pack furniture. It makes me think, “why did I ever put roof racks on our car?!!”

But this journey quickly becomes a phase of construction as our home is turned into a cabinet makers workshop. Now, I am one of those kinds of builders who feels that instructions are for the weak and fragile. Pointless pieces of paper for people who really don’t know what they are doing. I don’t need those. I can’t begin to tell you how many times I find left over pieces sitting in the box, after building a masterpiece from IKEA. Or have had to pull it apart and start again because I skipped a step. I end up with a piece of furniture that does not fit the plan of the one who designed it.

“Trust in the Lord with all of your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all of your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)

When I lean on my own understanding, it’s like I’m intentionally not reading the instructions for life. Unless we learn to trust the Lord and follow His instructions for our life (His Word), we end up living a life that, while it might look okay on the surface, does not fit the plan of the one who designed us. In the end, we will need to pull it apart and rebuild it the right way.

Isn’t it easier to build it right the first time? The way the designer intended? He has already called us His masterpiece.

“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” (Ephesians 2:10 NLT)