Now here’s a new word for you. No, it’s not some new high-tech coffee maker. It’s not a new Italian restaurant – but it sort of sounds Italian, doesn’t it? Italian, no. Greek, yes.
I’ve been thinking about my life – how I ended up where I am, doing what I’m doing, not doing what I thought I’d be doing at this point. And while a whole lot of questions still swirl around in my mind, I do know one thing. God knows what He’s doing. He had my whole life planned out before I was even that proverbial glimmer in my parent’s eyes.
So, back to protasso. It comes from Acts 17:26-27. “He determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek Him and perhaps reach out for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us”. (NIV)
That word “determined” is “protasso” in the original New Testament Greek. It means, “to define beforehand, to put in a certain order, to arrange, to assign a place”. God arranged the events and the places in my life a long time ago. Sure, I had choices along the way, but God knew all along where I’d end up. And He has me here, in this place, in this circumstance for a reason – so that I would seek Him, and find Him. He’s “findable” in every situation, whether it’s where I thought I’d be or not. He promises me that. And sometimes I just need to pull back from looking for all the answers to my questions, and look for Him instead. THAT is why He has me here, today, in this place, at this time.
Protasso. A very good word.