As I thumbed through the program of the graduation ceremony I was about to witness, I came across the descriptions and honors for those students earning doctorate degrees in various studies.  This one caught my eye and I still am not sure I have the correct pronunciation of all the words.

Protein folding, in vivo, is a co-translational process wherein the synthesis of nascent polypeptide by the ribosome is coupled to its folding. The rate of translation elongation is non-uniform and altered rate of elongation can affect the growing polypeptide.

I kept reading it over and over and it occurred to me that someone was about walk across the stage and receive a degree in front of me who knows something I certainly don’t!  Now, I have always tried to learn as much as I could and consider myself a reading, learning leader but I don’t know everything.  I’m confident you don’t either—and nor does this esteemed young man who now possesses an earned doctorate from one of America’s premier instituations.  Yet, as learned as we might be the reality is that we don’t know everything, in fact we don’t know a lot. 

I don’t know how gravity works…but I value it.

I’m pretty convinced that in the scope of things, I’m not nearly as smart as I think I am.  There are so many things I don’t know and the lack of knowledge in some of them can hamper my journey to be all that God is calling me to be.  For example, Joshua is leading the conquest of Canaan when an unexpected defeat of his army at Ai, stuns him and he goes to God in prayer with a confusion that I recognize. 

Then Joshua cried out, “Oh, Sovereign Lord, why did you bring us across the Jordan River if you are going to let the Amorites kill us? If only we had been content to stay on the other side!

A friend of mine was sitting across the table from me as we ate lunch and worked on a project we were jointly engaged in.  The conversation soon turned to the church he was pastoring and the outstanding report of growth, salvations and ministry expansion.  We both remembered the beginning point and how difficult the early days were.  As we rejoiced over what had happened, he said, “you know Bishop, God had an idea I did not have! I would never have thought to come here nor would have imagined how God has helped us.”  The thought has remained with me until now.  God has ideas that we don’t and in the faithful surrender of our hearts, He accomplishes some amazing things.  

Listen, we are not God...not even close.  We stumble on success and think we are brillant but the truth is God allows us to succeed in order to accomplish His plans and initiatives on the earth.  His thoughts are higher than mine and sometimes I have to pause and realize that where I am is where He wants me to be because of what He knows that I don't!

I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord...

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