Have you ever felt like God’s getting you ready for something? Only you have no idea what that might be? It makes my eyes want to bug out of my head just thinking about the waiting that implies. Waiting is not my super strength, y’all.
This has happened to me many times over the years and I’m guessing it’s happened to you, too. In hindsight, it’s easy to see events of sovereign preparation in our lives, to see how God was putting us in exactly the right places at exactly the right moments with exactly the right people. We can usually see that the stones were laid out for this path for years before we ever even got to it. Because God is amazing like that. And hindsight always gives us a clearer perspective.
Sometimes I can see the next new thing God’s preparing me for way before I actually reach it. It sits on the horizon, in plain sight. I push forward, taking the necessary steps to reach this new calling in eager anticipation. I love it when it happens that way. But that seems to be the exception, not the rule. Not that God’s in the business of being sneaky. More than likely it has a whole lot more to do with my perspective.
More often than not, me finding my calling goes something more like this …
I trip over a rock, do a face plant and find myself smack dab in the middle of a calling I never asked for, metaphorically speaking, of course. Suddenly I’m in the middle doing something I was totally unprepared for. I didn’t see it. I didn’t have to time to brace myself and psych myself up for it. It makes this girl want to sit down and sulk. It’s really just not fair for God to let me trip at all, and to face plant my way into a calling I never asked for adds insult to injury.
In what might be one of the most often quoted verses in the Bible, Jeremiah 29:11, we’re told that God has plans for us, plans for hope and a future. In another well known and often quoted verse, Proverbs 19:21, we’re told we can have many plans in our own hearts, but God’s plan will prevail. This one’s not so much comforting as it is a bop on the noggin. I like my plans. I’m in control of my plans. God’s plans? Not so much. God’s plans usually require me to stretch out of my comfort zone and do hard things I would rather not do.
Here’s what I’m beginning to notice about those face plant callings and my plans: They usually only happen because I was not paying attention. I chose to ignore what was only a foot in front of me because I didn’t want to see it. Whether I was ignoring it on purpose or too focused on the things that are important to me. Blergh.
The moment we bite the dust and find ourselves face to face with a calling, we get to decide. Do we fight it? Do we ignore it? Do we sit down right in that spot and just ask over and over and over “Why me? Why me?” After all, we didn’t ask for this. What if we don’t want this calling in our lives? We may have thought we were on our way towards something much better … maybe more glamorous … a calling that puts us in the limelight. Or maybe we thought for sure God was guiding us toward a calling and we would have plenty of time to be prepared for it. That’s how a calling works, right?
I bet if we could sit down and talk with Moses for a minute he’d probably tell us it looks a whole lot more like a face plant until we’re looking at it from the hindsight perspective. He was possibly an expert in stumbling into his calling and arguing with God about how unprepared he was.
I don’t know what God might be calling you into or how He’s doing it, but I hope you’ll be watching. Maybe it’s time to become a mentor. Or lead a Bible study. Or maybe you have been called into something much bigger, to become a speaker or an author, to start your own nonprofit, or lead a ministry. And let’s not forget our ultimate calling – to be “little Jesus’s” in our world today, sharing the “Good News.”
So we keep on praying for you, asking our God to enable you to live a life worthy of his call. May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do. Then the name of our Lord Jesus will be honored because of the way you live, and you will be honored along with him. This is all made possible because of the grace of our God and Lord, Jesus Christ.” 2 Thessalonians 1: 11-12 (NLT)
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