He shall be great in the sight of the Lord. — Luke 1:15
George Macdonald says, “To have been thought about by God, born in God’s thought, and then made by God, is the dearest, grandest, most precious thought in all thinking.” John the Baptist was thought about before he was born. His life was a plan of God. What he was to do was marked out for him before his birth.
In another Gospel we read of him, “There was a man sent from God, whose name was John.” We are not to suppose either that there was anything peculiar about John in this regard. His life was no more planned for beforehand than yours or mine. Every one’s life is a plan of God.
We do not come into this life on any haphazard chance of a career. Every one who comes is sent from God. Every one was made for something, some work of His very own, which no other one can do, with a place to fill and a definite task to perform.
The most beautiful and complete life, therefore, is one that realizes God’s purposes for it.