“You were all called to travel on the same road and in the same direction, so stay together, both outwardly and inwardly. You have one Master, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all, who rules over all, works through all, and is present in all. Everything you are and think and do is permeated with Oneness.” Ephesians 4:4-6
Part of my job involves checking our church’s post office box. Each day, I walk in and see row upon row of boxes. Hundreds of them, of different sizes, line the walls of the building. Usually, I walk in, check our mail, and walk back out.
One day, I noticed someone else checking her mailbox. I noticed that she received a different type of mail than our church did. I noticed that her box, which was on a top row she had to stand on tiptoe to reach, was in a different spot than ours, which I have to kneel down to check on the bottom row.
I realized that, behind all those rows of doors, there was one huge room. All the boxes were open on the other side, so the person whose job it was to distribute the mail could do so quickly. Where we could only see a tiny amount of the mail that had come in – the part behind the door that we had a key to – the Postmaster could see the whole scene at once. The Postmaster knew exactly what mail went where and when. His view (of those boxes) was infinite. Ours, on the other side of the wall, was finite.
I realized that God is our Great Postmaster. He has full view of our lives, when we just get a tiny glimpse at a time. He assigns our paths according to the purposes He has for us. He distributes our challenges and victories to strengthen us and guide us along our journey. I don’t have access to all the mail in those post office boxes, and we don’t have access to the plans He has for anyone else.
Even though He has given our lives different “boxes,” He still expects us to let Him be the unifying theme between us. He wants us to trust His oversight when we deal with each other, that He knows what is best and what pieces He is trying to put into place. Don’t get discouraged with your fellow travelers on life’s road. You don’t know the path He has carved out for anyone else, any more than you know much about the one He has carved for you!
As Paul wrote, there is One who is in control of us all, working through us all to achieve His purposes. Thank Him for His oversight, and for the “mail” He has designated just for you. Learn to trust in His plans, custom-made just for your benefit. Let everything you do be “permeated with Oneness,” as a great witness to the world around us.