Are you waiting for a divine answer to your problems or questions? Do you believe that things in your life will work out ‘as they should,’ because you are not making the plans for your life? Are you praying for a result or a change in your circumstances, yet not doing the work or taking the action to get it?
In the dictionary, the definition of ‘Providence’ is: The foreseeing care and guidance of God or nature over the creatures of the earth; God, especially when conceived as omnisciently directing the universe and the affairs of humankind with wise benevolence; provident or prudent management of resources, prudence; and foresight, provident care.
Therefore, Providence is another beautiful name for God, and it is also what God does.
Here’s a great parable by an unknown author that exemplifies the crossroads of providence and action: While out to sea, a large boat became shipwrecked and there was only a single survivor. This man prayed and asked God to save his life. Soon thereafter, another boat came by and offered the man some help. “No thanks,” he said. “I’m waiting for God to save me.” The men on the boat shrugged their shoulders and continued. As the man became more deeply concerned, another boat came by. Again, the people aboard offered this man some help, and again he politely decline. “I’m waiting for God to save me,” he said again. After some time, the man drowned. Upon reaching Heaven, the man asked God, “Why did you let me die? Why didn’t you answer my prayers?” God said, “I sent you two boats!”
Providence Street and Action Lane is an exciting place to be.
You need only put your energy into the latter. That’s the beauty of the crossroads.