If we are honest, most of us probably don’t know what God wants for us. We probably don’t even know what we want ourselves and are probably hoping we will just know it when we see it. Some of us are not that lucky. I have looked around a lot but I still have not had that one moment where I picked up something and the room lights up, epic music starts to play, and a gushing wind comes blowing through like when Harry Potter picks up of his wand… Although I doubt it will happen this way, it would be pretty cool. Maybe we have messed up our life track and we think God will never allow us back on track. After all, why would He when we were the ones who messed it up? So we may just find ourselves looking for something eye-catching and we go for it. It may not be for us but it sure does look nice! But not everything shiny and pretty is what we are truly looking for and there’s a high probability it will not bring us the greatest joy. In fact, it could do quite the opposite. Sometimes the things we may overlook are the things God has in store for us. It may not be the flashiest thing but just below the surface could be the one thing we really needed.
Maybe you are starting to get up there in age but you still don’t know exactly what is you are supposed to be doing. There are some pretty negative connotations about not having your life together by certain age. It is almost like we are problems to be fixed by all the those around us who think they have everything going on for themselves. Every “good “or “nice” guy or girl those around us know gets pushed our direction or every conceivable opportunity which may present itself from every well-meaning acquaintance gets thrown in our lap. It is like they are trying to motivate us to be something other than who we are. Though they may not mean it this way, it is like they are all coming with their label makers to brand us as broken, failures, quirky, picky, a little off, difficult, stubborn, etc.
But these labels aren’t really fair. Divorce is somewhere around 50%. That is about the same number in the church as it is out of it and that is not including all the heart wrenching break ups which occur before the wedding even happens. Maybe we picked the wrong person to marry, maybe we didn’t do things the way we should have, or maybe we did everything we could but it just ended. Maybe that promotion never came, a business venture flopped, or things just didn’t work out the way you thought they would. As the saying goes “it is what it is”.
Though some of those labels may hold significance to where you are at, they are not who you are. They may simply be road signs to where you are standing. You could let them define you or you can use them as a jumping off point to where you are going. Think of it as a spiritual bus stop. We are all here. Let’s not look at the reasons we are all here unless we are looking at those reasons as teaching tools to help us to where we are going. We are all getting on with our lives but we are neither the bus nor the location of the stop. But what about the baggage? Let us not even make a big deal out of baggage! Some of us may pack a little lighter than others but every single one of us have it. After all, life is a journey and whoever went on a trip and didn’t at least pack a carry-on bag! We are all on a journey to becoming what God wants us to be… If we let Him.
There is so much potential sitting right in you at this moment. Although potential does have an expiration date, there’s not a single one reading this who couldn’t capitalize on it with the time you have left. Moses was about 40 years old when he had the God-given urges to do something for his people, the Israelites. Now he didn’t handle it in a way that was God honoring. In fact he killed a man. Moses tried to take the yearnings God had placed in his heart and grab hold of them in his own flesh. In his shame, he fled to the wilderness. For 40 years, Moses hid from his calling and from God, but even in the wilderness, God called to him and told him told him he still had a plan for Moses. This means Moses was 80 when he led the Israelites out of Egypt and he was leading them the entire 40 years of their wandering through the desert.
Jeremiah 29:11 tells us that God has a plan for us. He does not say these plans are dependent upon us. It does not say if we do this or that, God has a plan for us. It says He has a plan for us. Period! This goes without saying but, we can defer God’s plans for our lives. However, it doesn’t mean He throws His plan out the window when we mess up. It just means He may have to call us out from our hidden wilderness spot to get us there. It’s also interesting enough to point out that Jeremiah 29:11, which happens to be a ton of people’s favorite verse from the Bible, was actually written to the exiles in Babylon. The reason why they were exiled in the first place was because they are doing what God told him them not to do. They were not living their lives in a way which honored God, yet even with them not being where they were supposed to be, God still gave them hope He had something special just for them.
There are several verses in the Bible which speaks of God showing no favoritism. If He’s willing to do it for some, He is more than willing to do it for others. We are no different. God has a plan for us. It doesn’t matter if we are doing everything to complete His plan, if we have messed up His plan, or even if we are running from His plan. God has a plan for you. God doesn’t care where you are. You may be dealing with repercussions from your actions but that doesn’t mean God won’t use you. Just like the exiles in Babylon, God has a plan for you. So just pick up your bags and get on the bus… You won’t regret it.