Connecting the Dots
“You can’t connect the dots looking forward, you can only connect them looking backwards.”
-- Steve Jobs
Do you know why you have so many fonts on your computer? Steve Jobs said it is because of a series of events in his life that to most would appear unrelated and insignificant. He said that because he dropped out of college, he was able to sit in on a calligraphy class at the leading calligraphy school in the country – the very college he briefly attended solely because of an adoption agreement between his birthmother and adoptive parents. Later, it was Jobs who insisted on providing fonts on Apple computers, and the rest is history.
Right from birth, the picture that began forming of Steve’s life looked nothing like what it was to become. But he acknowledged that all the seemingly disconnected events eventually connected, enabling him to revolutionize how we live our lives.
The supposed random events in Steve Jobs’ life were brought to him by God, as are the events in your life. Looking forward, the events look rather erratic. But if you have faith to forgo aspects of your vision, when you look backward, a picture emerges. And with an artist’s signature in the corner that says God, it is a picture every bit as consequential as the one painted for Steve Jobs.