I love writing. I love God and scripture.
I finally realized that putting the two together would be amazing and a wonderful gift God had blessed me with.
I had thought it was the path God was leading me down this year. I had thought that God was finally going to have me use on of my gifts and I would be useful and helping people.
God had other plans.
This year (and remember I think of the new year starting in the fall with school) has looked nothing like I thought it was supposed to.
God has me in other places. He is using me in other ways.
At first, I thought I was just back to my regular mundane life. But as I stopped for a minute to take a breath, I realized that God is using me in ways that are far from mundane.
And just because I am not currently using the gift that I want to be using, does not mean that He does not have a plan for that gift in the future. Perhaps it is not time. Perhaps the person that needs to “hear” what I have to say is not ready yet. Perhaps I am not ready yet and He is still helping me to grow and mature more in my spiritual life.
I came across this devotional today in The Daily Bread. It seemed to fit perfectly with how I was feeling about my current life circumstances and the path I am on right now.
My first bike had one gear. Whether I was going fast or slow, uphill or downhill, that gear did everything. My next bike had three gears: one for level surfaces, one for going uphill, and one for going downhill. My third bike had ten gears, allowing me an even broader range of choices. Even though my last bike had several gears to choose from, I didn’t use all of them every time I rode. Some were best suited for starting and climbing, others were reserved for gaining speed, and others were best for a leisurely pace. But the thing about gears is this: Even though I wasn’t using all of them at the time, it didn’t mean I would never need them.
The same can be true in regard to our spiritual gifts and abilities. During times when I feel I am not being used to do certain things I once did, instead of feeling useless and unappreciated I thank God for the “gear” I’m currently able to use. Just because a skill is not needed right now doesn’t mean it never will be.
Our spiritual gifts are needed in different ways at different times. Needs and circumstances change in unforeseeable and unpredictable ways. The apostle Paul reminded Titus, “Be ready for every good work” (Titus 3:1). May that be true of us as well. ~ Julie Ackerman Link
I am ready. Are you?