And he said, “Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job 1:21
When I was six, my parents weren’t paying attention, and I thought it might be a fabulous idea to eat an entire jar of peanut butter. By the end of the ordeal, I was covered head to toe. I promptly vomited and cried. I don’t think I ate peanut butter for the next four years of my life. The very sight of it made me gag.
I think we are all victims of the cliché “too much of a good thing can be a bad thing” sometimes. But what do we do when it applies to Godly pursuits? Can too much of God be a bad thing? Absolutely not. However, a good thing isn’t necessarily a God thing. Oddly enough, I see a major correlation between my six-year-old life choices and the ones I made three years ago.
When I first felt called to ministry, I was still a baby Christian. It was a beautiful purpose, and I was excited for it. Unfortunately, in some ways, I don’t think I fully comprehended what it meant. I had known who God was for maybe three months, and if our pastor came down with sudden and violent food poisoning Sunday morning, I probably would’ve jumped up on stage in his place and brought fire down from heaven spitting that good word. Would it have impacted people, perhaps? I mean, God works through us all. Would it have been wise? Heck no. But I wasn’t looking for wisdom. I was looking for my moment of glory – to reach my dream.
God has good and lovely things in store for you, but to receive them, you must have an open hand and a sound mind. When you are in sync with His heart, He will lead you to the desires He has placed within you but only in His timing. Have an open hand to receive and an open hand when He takes. Be prepared for a process, not a direct line to the final destination.
That early season of my life, God had to give me several hard no’s. It wasn’t without love, but there were so many times when I lost patience and got frustrated because I wanted to go places I wasn’t prepared to go. Even if they were good places, they weren’t the places God wanted me. It wasn’t until I stopped to let God show me the way that I truly felt connected to His purpose for my life – even if I don’t preach to the masses or work in full time ministry.
When you live in the future, you cannot be prepared in the present. Your purpose is here and now, and it will lead you to the purpose God has for you in the future if you follow in it faithfully.
God has many incredible things in store for you, and I implore you to take the time to enjoy the journey with Him. Whether it’s finishing school, a dream job, a future family, or a glorious jar of peanut butter, the destination you have in mind can’t happen until God prepares the way. So take a moment to pause and just enjoy the season of growth. The goal is the kingdom, but don’t forget to be a part of the building process.