“I want you here.”
That’s what God told me right after I got back from my second trip to Haiti. He wasn’t talking about that beautiful little island, though. He was talking about America. Let me give you a little background.
Ever since I was eight years old, I knew I wanted to be a missionary. I wanted to go to some remote village and love the people the world had forgotten. I wanted to spend my whole life living every day on the edge, never certain of tomorrow. That wasn’t God’s plan for me, though, at least not yet.
Though He may have that in mind for later, right now, He has called me here. That frustrates me. For a person who loves to explore and visit the unknown, the mission field is even more comfortable than a “regular” life in the states. Life here can be boring. It can be complex and irritating, and it can be hard.
So maybe you’re thinking,” Man, I’d love to have a normal life, what’s this guy talking about?” Maybe your extraordinary life is tough, and you can’t imagine why I’d love to have that. Keep reading, this might just apply to you too.
You see, right now I’m in a place that I’d rather not be. It’s tough, and I would much prefer to be somewhere else, doing something much more exciting. However, God put me here for a reason.
“’For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.’” // Jeremiah 29:11
We can sometimes come up with the notion that one day we will serve God in big ways. “One day”, we tell ourselves. However, your God isn’t just the God of tomorrow, the God of what we’re gonna do. No, our God is the God of the here and the now as well. He wants to use us now, even if we’re not at His final or largest destination for us. Just as mission trips and summer camps aren’t the only places God works in our hearts, our passion and our purpose aren’t the only places and times He uses us.
God can use you in the hard times. Those tough struggles that you wonder if they are even making a difference. That friend that keeps on calling you. That sibling that won’t stop following you. The person that won’t stop asking for just a little more help, “ Just this one last time.” God can even use the dull times. Those times in your life when life just drones on, and you feel like you’ll never get to do anything extraordinary again. You’ve just got back from a life-changing mission trip, ready to change the world, only to find that you’ve fallen into your same old routine. Not an opportunity to do anything challenging or out of the ordinary has passed you by for weeks. “ Am I even making a difference?” “ God, you told me I was going to change the world, but I’m just doing the same old thing over and over again.”
I’ve felt like that. I still feel like that some days. However, God, in his infinite wisdom, reminds me that this is where He wants me. I once read this quote from the famed C.S. Lewis, and it has stuck to me to this day:
“Do not be deceived, Wormwood. Our cause is never more in danger than when a human, no longer desiring, but still intending, to do our Enemy’s will, looks round upon a universe from which every trace of Him seems to have vanished, and asks why he has been forsaken, and still obeys.” // Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis
Satan doesn’t want us to be used by God in great ways. He doesn’t even want us to be used by God in small ways. So, right after our great, mountaintop, crystal clear clarity moments, he likes to test us. He blocks our ears and our eyes so that we can neither see nor hear what God is doing around us, and we begin to think. We begin to think that maybe it wasn’t real. God really didn’t change us after all. After all, it’s only been a week and we’re back again, back to doing the same thing, making no difference at all.
It’s a lie, every word. God doesn’t just use us in the big and flashy times, or those times where we’re actually building a house, fixing a car, or holding a little baby. He uses us in the tedious, day-to-day aspects of our lives, and it can be hard. I don’t know about you, but I would much rather the times where I’m up on stage, preaching to a community. I would much rather the times where I’m in Haiti, serving the sick and feeding the hungry. But God wants us to follow Him even when all we’re doing is talking to a kid at school, smiling at the cashier, or doing your sibling’s chores. And if we do that, there is nothing more dangerous.
Thanks to Darrel Current for writing this awesome post! You all should go check out his great blog, Nation Reversed, here.
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