Just a Little Push

So, pretty much all my question holes for next year have been filled in.  (At least all the ones that can be at this point.)  I’ll be teaching in a new district, in a new school.  

Truthfully, I thought God might be taking me out of education…but He answered the prayer I had been praying: close every door except one- so I that I would know his will.  So, I figured God would be using my skills I had been developing to teach new kids in a similar (if different) setting.  Again, I was wrong.  I’ll be teaching in a different context.

Why do I always think I know God’s plan?  He seems to always direct my feet to the path that I didn’t see coming.

But, I’ve been praying God’s will not mine for a long time.  That is clearly what He did and not at all in the way/path I had visioned (so very typical for our relationship).

c0e88c4798c48923b13f422b9c7f3325It does make it easier to go into the new and relatively unknown knowing that He picked this place, this job for me, and me for them.  There is so obviously work He wants me to do there and something there for me to grow in as I serve him.   

I will admit though- I feel a little better in the short term when God pushes me out of my comfort zone along the lines of my vision.  But, God’s ways of pushing me out of my comfort zone is just never any of the ways that I expect.

But ultimately, His vision is so much better than mine -both deeper and longer than anything I see.  And I really do want Him to use me in ways He sees fit. I want Him to put me in places where He can use me and it pushes me to grow.  He always knows best and I hope to always go where He leads with a willing heart.

Be full of joy all the time. Never stop praying. In everything give thanks. This is what God wants you to do because of Christ Jesus. Do not try to stop the work of the Holy Spirit.- 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-19

– S

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For a Little While

If there has been one overriding theme in my writing the last 8 months, it has been this idea of change and wanting to know the future.  I think I can say it has been in the desire to be faithful to God’s will, but perhaps, it is also about self-confidence and reaching all the way back to Adam and Eve’s desire to know more than God intended

“Look here, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we are going to a certain town and will stay there a year. We will do business there and make a profit.” How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone. What you ought to say is, “If the Lord wants us to, we will live and do this or that.”  Otherwise you are boasting about your own pretentious plans, and all such boasting is evil.” James 4:13-16

Instead, I need to respond to the little things…the little while.  Following God’s plan for my day today.  I still need to pray and be open to changes and big things, but God wants to use us every day.  My focus on a need for big changes takes away the power of God to work in the details of our lives every single day.  

7964675_11406554_pmOur life is our worshipping ground.  Our life is our mission field.  In the today, the little while.  In the everyday and ordinary.  
If the Lord wants me to, I will live and try to use the ordinary to show the extraordinary character, love, mercy, grace and justice of my God.

Waiting on the Home Run

Vintage-Baseball-Wall-Art_PE0371Even when we follow God’s nudges, He sometimes throws us a curveball that we did not see coming.  However, this doesn’t mean we were wrong to get in the batter’s box.  We just lack a heavenly perspective.  We are incapable of seeing the full picture.  However, we have to have faith that He has a plan; He uses all things for good.  So, maybe the curveball was so that we make sure we have our footing correct or that our weight is distributed right because that next pitch is going to be the good one.  Maybe it’s not the next pitch.  Maybe it’s the next inning or the next game.  Maybe it has nothing to do with us and we have to get the curve ball so the next batter can see the pitch better.

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We have to make sure we respond to God’s nudges even when they don’t turn out the way we thought they would.  We need to make time to spend with God to ensure we are following Him with our next steps, but not get too caught up with the fact that it doesn’t make sense.  We have to trust that He knows what He is doing –  even if we would like to know the pitch that’s coming.

(In honor of opening week, Go Tigers!)

-S