Who are they who truly love and serve God?
It is they who discover and live
Within His purposes for their lives.
Psalm 24, Psalms/Now
I have to confess that I don’t always enjoy getting up and going to work in the mornings. I’d rather linger over a cup of copy, relishing time spent in the Word, easing into the productivity of the day.
I remember one morning in particular where I felt like my time at work could be much better spent in the confines of my own home when I noticed the look on the face of one of the teachers. Something told me to stop. She needed to talk, and she needed some spiritual encouragement.
In that moment, I realized that God had placed me right there, right then to fulfill a purpose. A few minutes earlier I had been asking myself, “Why, exactly, am I here today?” And in that hushed conversation, God showed me why, exactly, He had put me there.
When God call us, there is something specific and meaningful He wants us to do. It might not seem very meaningful at the time, but some days are seed planting days and some days are harvest days. Regardless of which day you’re waking up to, I bet that God has something in mind for you to do.
Moses was called to lead the Israelites out of Egypt—a harvest day if there ever was one!! Jeremiah was called to speak the words God would place in his mouth—lots and lots of seed planting days ahead. Esther was called to save her people—great big harvest. Ruth was called to love in faith—seed planting that established the line of David.
For me, most of my days seem to be of the seed planting variety. I rarely see the “big picture” God has in mind. However, I firmly believe that God does indeed have a master plan. And in my prayer and Scripture time each morning, I ask God to place me smack in the middle of it.
Some days, my task is clear. I hear God calling me to write a note of encouragement, have a conversation with a friend or co-worker, offer a hug to a struggling student, write a blog post, sponsor a mission project….
Other days I don’t hear anything, but I do not doubt that God is moving all the same. It’s that prevenient grace of God moving through our lives whether we are aware of it or not.
In our task-driven, goal obsessed, results oriented, data driven culture, it’s easy to forget that God has a multitude of tasks He will call us to throughout our lives. We focus on one big thing and strategically mark a straight shot path to achieving it. The reality is life is much more fluid than that. We might begin our day with one agenda and find, upon awaking, that God has drawn out a completely different one.
And even if we are focused on that one giant task/dream/plan we feel God calling us to, God’s probably not going to take us there in one straight shot. God called His people out of Egypt and into the Promised Land, but there were over 40 years of smaller tasks to be completed before that harvest came to be. The people weren’t ready for the big harvest yet. They needed to learn who God was. They needed to learn to trust in God, to honor Him, to worship Him, to LOVE Him. They needed those 40 plus years to become the people of God.
In determining the big tasks God is calling us to do in our lives, we have to be open to the smaller tasks God calls us to each day. Jesus didn’t tell Peter upon their first meeting, “You’re going to found my church in Jerusalem someday.” Instead, he simply said, “Follow me. Put one foot in front of the other and walk along my path.”
Jeremiah 29:11 is one of my favorite go-to verses. In this passage, the Lord assures the people of Israel of this:
“For I know the plans I have for you….Plans to prosper you, not to harm you. Plans to give you hope and a future.”
It’s reassuring to me to know that God doesn’t have a plan for my life, He has PLANS!! Moreover, those plans (note the plural) are good. They are infused with hope that springs from the great love of an eternal God. They are a promise carved into our souls of a prosperous future we cannot see. But God sees it. God knows it. God planned it. And God is building it.
So, what is God calling us to this day? To follow Him. To trust Him. To hope in Him. To walk with Him. You might not even see the seeds you’re planting today. It doesn’t matter. Trust that God has placed you exactly where He needs you to be.
Blessings and Peace,