There are choices we make. There are also things over which we have little to no control. Our parents, ethnicity, the century and country of our birth – as well as our personal history for example. We have no influence over basic defining parameters of who we are.
Side by side with this we choose our own friends, decide the nature of our core beliefs and desires, and eventually settle on a personal vision we believe will result in a satisfying life. Good decisions – and bad – they are ours to own.
John (the Baptist’s) life and fate were woven together with his cousin Jesus long before they were born. Isaiah 40 paints a clear picture of who John would be. And remember how baby John did flip-flops in his mommy-tummy when the two pregnant women met?! One mom was beyond the age of child-bearing and the other had never slept with a man. Talk about a unique, God-ready circumstance!
There are many aspects of the human experience that can contribute to a wild ride. But just as the Father did for Jesus and John the Baptist, He sets our existence and life-parameters into motion. And within this we find our true destiny – and ultimate opportunity to choose to “become less so He may become more!”