Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Don't hold out for someday

Everyday starts the same.  

She just wonders if this is all there is to living a life of joy or happiness.  It seems like the list of opportunities have passed her by.  Do you ever get that feeling too?  All she ever wanted in life was to make a difference, to be a part of something larger than herself.

Do you have dreams?  Do you longingly look out the window over your kitchen sink and wonder if it will ever be your turn?

If only....then...

Regret hits her heart as she tackles that stack of dirty dishes.  For some mysterious reason the laundry mounds are higher than her normal mundane day.  And she knows better than go near that room at the end of the hall, that wafts the aroma of a locker-room.  She sure wishes her heart could find it's way back to her first dream.

How did she get so far away from that?  How can she be happy if everyday she looks to the same mundane chores of her day?  

These are times when she feels so alone.  The overwhelming pressure to measure up with the other ladies at church are crushing.  So it seems this day she bellied up to the sink with a bubble of trouble brewing the size of Texas, and her dreams were just afloat and drifting.

Do you ever feel stuck?  Has your heart has calloused to the pain of unfulfilled dreams?  

Her 1-year-old cries as he wakes up from his afternoon nap.  Time had quickly escaped as she quickly packed her protected heart in her someday vault.  Her little baby cries again, and something deep inside of her just ripped a little more, while everything else looked a little more gray. 

I didn't think it would be like this.
Maybe I am just a bit too sensitive to dreams these days.  Who hasn't waited for that "someday" arrival?  Who dosen't want the mundane feeling to be swept away from our heart corners?   How many times do we find ourselves in this familiar place of feeling stuck?  

To give yourself fully to the work of the Lord you have to give yourself fully to the Lord first.

God isn't waiting for you to arrive on His "someday" horizon.  He can use you to make a difference today.  If you feel like you are not qualified well that is just about enough room for God to work in you what He whats to do through you.

Maybe God wants you to trust Him today while he is working on your someday. 

There's not much written about his first 30 years, but Jesus was glad in the mundane for sure.  I am not a carpenter but I would guess there was plenty of boring and other insignificant duties to attend to in that occupation.  What we do know is that Jesus was faithful in the ordinary.  Once he arrived on the scene, Jesus reached out to the ordinary, the mundane, on His way to someday.  

His one significant day.  

He gave himself fully to the business of His Father.   His obedience didn't wait for the day His dreams were in full view.     

"When we surrender ourselves to be used by God, we don't always get to the pick the time, the method or the place of ministry.  Serve in love where you are right now."  Joanna Weaver.  

The key is not in our doing but in our being.  Our willingness to be used by God is known to Him and you are known to God.  That's submitting to a Holy God, instead of feeling stuck in this day.  Serve in love, enjoy the in-between now and your someday.
"Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain."  ~ 1 Corinthians 15:58

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