In my last post, I recalled “I’ve Learned” which I wrote in February 2004. The #1 item is about God’s timing and vision. The two really go hand-in-hand. I would like to take a look at that a little more closely.
- I’ve learned that God’s timing is always right. The vision He shows me today may not take place tomorrow, next week, next month or next year. But, He sees the end from the beginning. He alone knows when to birth the vision. I need only to nurture the vision and prepare. That will keep me busy until He moves.
In my younger years, I can honestly say that I never ever thought I would be involved in any kind of ministry endeavor. I believed in God and I attended church; church activities. I was fascinated how some people seemed to have their Christian lives all sorted out. They knew exactly in what zone of ministry they wanted to be. They seemed to be a “natural” in the way they were “serving” and they were effective in what they were doing. I used to ask myself : “How did they know?”
As I entered adulthood, marriage and motherhood, my life seemed to be working out OK. Quite like “this is what I’m supposed to do.” I was content and happy to a degree. However, there seemed to be a compassion sitting inside me that was unfulfilled. I never defined it that clearly back then. But, as I learned more about life and some of its ups and downs, I became more and more aware of the tenderness in my heart. I also had begun to realize there was a tenacity that seemed to be a partner with this tenderness. The “odd couple” of emotions? I decided I was just a bit weird.
A couple of wrong turns; a few unwise decisions; poor choices; and, I learned to stifle the tenderness with the tenacity. I was able to plow through each day with a little more toughness in order to keep going. I would survive; unfortunately my marriage did not. I had this yearning to go back to the place where I grew up even though I had told myself the day I left that I would never return there – ever! Ha! Big mistake, Tina. Never say never! Big mistake! Or – was it?
God has a wonderfully patient heart. He has no clock on His wall. He simply does see the end from the beginning! He knows just when the time is right to open unnoticed doors; to touch a heart that needs to be freed; to set feet on a more solid path. I met Jesus upon my return. It was unmistakable and it was real. I truly had found new life; new value; new worth. I had no idea then how my life would change, but, I was much better equipped for the surprises that would come. And… come they did. I was soon to stand face-to-face with my very own “Prince Charming.”
As I wrap up this particular post, I must freely confess that I had never had any lightning bolt vision for my life let alone my life in Christ. The years had been topsy-turvy more than they had been a smooth sail. As I look back now, I would have liked to bypass some of those experiences. But, as I began to grow in my walk with the Lord, I also began to see how He was using them for Kingdom good. He alone knew my steps; He alone carried me through; He alone had the vision and knew when it should be birthed. Wonder of wonders! My heart is grateful because of His grace! His love and mercy are immeasurable! All glory and honor to Him!
I am guessing that those people I observed who seemed to be a “natural” in the way they were “serving” effectively probably have a story to tell as well. No one can have a perfect life in this world. I’ve also learned that the word “ministry” is as multi-faceted as the grains of sand on a beach. He has a plan and a purpose for every life; a future and a hope! Amen.
Jeremiah 29:11-14a. (11) For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. (12) Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. (13) And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. (14a) I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity;….
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