Things may be questionable now...

Doesn't look like much, does it?
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." --Proverbs 3:5-6.

Looking at the picture, what do you think it's of? No, I didn't just throw some paint on a canvas and call it good. There is a reason for those lines to be there. That little blot in the bottom, right-hand corner isn't just there to say it's there.

Ever played Scene It? One of the team activities is to guess the movie based on an extremely zoomed in picture: blurry and chopped out of context. Every individual situation we experience in our lives can be seen as one of those clips. We don't know the overall purpose for it, but the big picture is there, and that's what God sees! I just listened to a song, and it summed this up perfectly:
"I see a star,
You see the Milky Way;
I see one man, counting sand,
But You see generations" (Mark Hall).
Did you guess right as to what the first picture was? It's tough, isn't it? Look at all the details of the original image that the cropped sliver missed! Many things like photo editing can distort the intentions of the picture (in this case, show one of the strongest [or weakest] cards in a deck). It's difficult to tell the purpose of why God has allowed something into our lives. Maybe it's to lead us into a direction He wants us to go. It could possibly be God saying, "My love, I have better plans for you."

No matter what we think, no matter how hard we try to fight, God's plan will always be fulfilled:
"But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations" (Psalm 33:11).
"Many are the plans in a person's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails" (Proverbs 19:21).
Continue to trust in the wisdom of God. Our Father loves us: He knows what is best for us and never gives us anything we can't handle.

Before I finish, I have a little story that brought up the idea for this post:

Since April 1, 2013, my family has planned on moving. We rented a storage unit to begin the packing process while my parents constantly refreshed real estate browsers to see what was available and, maybe, go and take a peek for themselves. Because of our large family (six of us, five being girls...poor Dad), it was difficult to think about downsizing. My mom wanted a lot of land, but who could afford a decent-sized house on 10+ acres with only one parent receiving a paycheck every week? There were some prospects, but we turned around and they were "sale pending." Besides, we couldn't go anywhere because nobody was showing interest in our house. I was torn because I loved the idea about moving to a place with so much land (some houses had creeks.. AAHH! Playground for an environmental biology major!), yet it broke my heart at the idea of moving because of all the renovations we made on the house: so many things that brought back memories would be sold away with that house. Just a couple days ago, though, we were offered the lot next to us. With that, we would go from a 1.1 acre lot to a little over 2 acres. My mom made the decision that we're staying at the house. God must have a plan for our family where we are at now. I praise Him for the events that have occurred within the past few months, and I honestly have no idea what will happen in the next five years, but who does? We just have to trust. God has our best interests in mind. Who can argue with the One who knows all things? :)

God bless!