What causes us sometimes to be where God has called us to be, yet not feel the joys of serving? I think somewhere along the way we loose our spiritual eyes. At some point, I think we only look through our fleshly vision, and cannot see what God sees. When we are looking through our fleshy eyes we see problems, disruptions, and one obstacle after another. Our very Soul becomes discouraged, and maybe the devil even tempts us that it’s not worth it. However, if we take the time to look through our spiritual eyes we might see something very different.
Once there was a man walking through the forest. He came to a beautiful meadow with a huge oak tree, dandelions, green grass, and butterflies fluttering through the air. The scene was exquisite, and the man knew he would visit it often. A week later the man came back to visit his favorite spot, only to find it had been demolished. A farmer had plowed over the whole field, and nothing lay there but the bare earth. The green lush grass was gone, the butterflies and birds had moved on, the man stood with deep disappointment. How could someone ruin something so spectacular? The man walked away and did not return for some time. However, when he returned he saw a beautiful crop of golden yellow corn. The birds had returned, and the sun shown brilliantly in the distance. The man realized when the ground was bare; he could not see the vision of the farmer. What he thought the man had ruined, had only been prepared for a great harvest.
Sometimes in our life we cannot see the vision because we get stuck in all the ruts. All we see is the bare ground of the day-to-day grime we are facing. We forget to put on our spiritual glasses and recognize, just maybe, God is laying the ground- work for a great Harvest. I know it can be tough at times to do what God has called you to do. You may to sitting in an office, a classroom, a doctor’s office, etc. wondering; God what am I doing here? What is your plan for me? Sometimes people find it hard to believe, but ministers sit in their office and contemplate the same questions. Am I being effective, am I leading in the way you have asked, and on and on the question go. The truth is no matter what our job title, we can all loose sight of what we are living for, and in essence who we are serving.
1 Corinthians 9:
22……….. I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some. 23 I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings.
One phrase can sum it all up. I do all this for the sake of the gospel. If we are doing it for any other reason, we will always be disappointed. But God has promised, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." I love what New Song sang, “When I can’t see his plan, When I can’t trace his hand, Trust his heart.” In the end it’s all about our Faith, and learning to trust someone besides our self. I hope this email finds you thriving in what God has called you to do, but if not, be encouraged the Harvest day is coming.
Have a great day