“and the accumulated insight of those wise about the spiritual life suggests that the reasons os many cannot see the red x that marks the spot is because we are standing on it…All we lack is the willingness to imagine that we already have everything we need. The only thing missing is our consent to be where we are.” – Barbara Brown Taylor in An Altar in the World
Wow. I have been so guilty of this – assuming God’s plan to use me fully must require distance. I have operated on the idea that the treasure map of faith was leading to an X far away – surely it couldn’t be here.
However, the truth of the matter is that the X that marks the spot of God’s mission field is ALWAYS right beneath our feet.
“The only thing missing is our consent to be where we are.”
Oh, how I struggle with this- in almost every possible connotation. I struggle with being just me, just where I am. I am always looking forward, planning, hoping, fearing. It is something I really need to work – consent to being where I am. There is a balance in finding this consent (and contentedness) and stagnation. I always try so hard to avoid the stagnation, I sometimes forget just to exist where I am, when I am.
So, here’s to trying to just be. God loves us where we are and for who we are. He wants to use us now as we are and where we are…We just have to pull on our pirate gear and get to work being His hands and feet…right now, right where are.