The Waiting Room
Saturday, December 9
Seth Harris, RPC member since June 1997
He also said, "This is what the kingdom of God is like. A man scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up, the seed sprouts and grows, though he does not know how. All by itself the soil produces grain - first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head. As soon as the grain is ripe, he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come. - Mark 4:26-29 (NIV)
About six and a half years ago, I broke my right ankle at both bones and had to have extensive surgery followed by physical therapy. This required me to move back to Atlanta from Mississippi so that my family could help me recuperate. I had lived in Mississippi for ten years, held my job for six, and had many friends there. However, this injury left me with questions about the future as it became apparent that it was best to stay in Atlanta and that my time in Mississippi had come to an end. I was faced with "so now what?"
At the time, I was not very focused on what God would have me do, but He was focused on me. I can look back now and see not only that God has worked through me since then, but also that he has brought me closer to Him. I have seen Him move in me and mold me more and more toward His purpose. If I have learned anything throughout this process, it is that I don't have it figured out, and I never will. In fact, if I ever think I do, that's when I am in trouble. The great thing about this is that I get to regularly pause, and that is humbling. I find that in every decision I may be facing, there is a process of acceptance and surrender. All I can do is be honest and responsible with what God has shown me today. He does not show me a clear, open highway with no speed limit and says drive. God provides me with a sometimes faint path and says, "Just put one foot in front of the other. Just do the next right thing, accepting the reality of others and this world and let me take care of the rest."
When I was facing a new life back home and away from Mississippi, it felt like I was waiting in limbo endlessly. I didn't know what my life was going to look like, and I didn't have a plan to begin finding out, but God did. He knows that sometimes a clear, quick, simple answer is not what I need. He knows that sometimes I ask the wrong questions because I am trying to get the answer that I want. It makes me grateful for the-being-wrong and the waiting. I am a small part of something great. God's timing is not my timing. He is in charge and will do greater things in better ways than I could ever come up with on my own.
As we prepare for your coming Lord, show us where we can pause and help us surrender to your plan for our role in your purpose. Help us to accept and trust your will for our lives. In Jesus' name. Amen.
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