Just completed a great book about a prophet who is guided by the voice of angels. These angels used to bring him the word from The Lord and ordered him to carry it out. After doing so for years, he develops a close bond with The Lord and is considered one of the Lords favorite prophets. However, in the process, he loses everything that he had ever loved including his job, his respect and his country. Finally one day, in an attempt to carry out the orders of The Lord, he even loses his lady love.
His faith by now has become the source of immense pain for him and he refuses to listen to The Lord anymore. He questions the very existence of The Lord and the purpose of the orders that he had fulfilled for so many years. It is then that The Lord provides him the answer.
The Lord explains that this is what he wanted his prophet to do right from the start – not follow orders just because they came from The Lord, but understand them, question them, fight against them and finally understand the purpose of them. Only when he had understood this purpose, would he be able to fulfil them earnestly.
The Lord provides our destiny, not so, because we are bound to follow it, but because he wants us to challenge it, to fight it and understand the deeper purpose. Most of us, like the prophet, accept Gods desires and call it destiny. We see ourselves small, insignificant and helpless, to be able to make any change, in the bigger scheme of things. If only we knew, that God made destiny so that we can fight against it and become stronger and wiser in the process, would we still accept destiny as we see it?
P.S. This book (The Fifth Mountain by Paul Coelho) is based on true stories from the Bible.