It’s funny how we make things much more complicated than they were ever meant to be. I do it all the time. Making mystical and intricate guesses as to what God’s greater plan may be, I sometimes focus on things I have absolutely no understanding of or control over, so much so that I fail to see the obvious.
I talk to a lot of people who are trying to find God’s purpose for their lives. They know God has great plans for them, but they just cannot seem to unearth “it” – that one thing they hope will bring fulfillment and the assurance they are indeed in the will of God. Of course, God does have purpose for each of us, but sometimes we get so focused on the chasing, finding, uncovering that we lose sight of this moment. Every instant of our lives has purpose; God wastes nothing. God’s will isn’t somewhere off in the future – it’s here, now.
We want to make it harder than that though. We like to see the big picture. We enjoy hearing that God has great plans for our lives and that someday we will reach the masses, because somehow, God using us right now where we are is not good enough. We have to imagine ourselves in bigger, better. We live for the magic moment when God peels back the heavens, stoops to our level and reveals His plan for us to be dentists in Peru, famous singers, prolific writers, or great preachers; because being a mom taking care of her family, a dad setting an example, a teacher helping one student, or a clerk with an encouraging word just doesn’t seem important in the grand scheme of things.
There’s nothing wrong with having dreams, wanting to know what we can achieve, or believing God for great things. But, it’s dangerous to become so focused on later that we miss now, because it’s these now moments that prepare us for the greater that is to come.
If I have learned anything from my personal experiences, it is that God uses everything – good and bad, ugly and pretty, common and extraordinary – to move us to the place He wants us to be. Most of the time, God doesn’t tell us what’s going to happen. Why? Because we’ll get so caught up in THAT that we’ll miss THIS.
God’s plans take time and are often a journey. He reveals what we need to know when we need to know it, and have no doubt, God uses everything. Don’t get so focused on later that you don’t live now. What we do in these moments determines our future destination. Let’s make the choice to be present, to live with purpose now, so that when the greater, bigger comes, we will be ready.
Always be joyful. Keep on praying. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus. – I Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NLT)
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths. – Proverbs 3:5-6 (NLT)
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