I once told a friend that I was thinking about reading A Purpose-Driven Life, and she said, “You are one of the most purpose-driven people I know.”
She’s right. I live with goals, looking to the future, always asking God what I’m supposed to do next. What should I be working towards? What is my goal? Where do You want me to go? Or even, what do You want me to do right now?
Well, God’s been working on me in this area quite a bit lately. Sometimes, we really shouldn’t be looking at where we are going, because God doesn’t want us to miss right where we are. Sometimes, the point is not that we are doing something or accomplishing something, but that we need to be in this place for a while and just watch what He is doing with it. Sometimes, we are called to embrace this moment in time and hold it tenderly and gracefully.
Sometimes, those moments are not so easy to embrace. But they are not without grace. If all we do is try to escape them or run through them, we miss the work God is doing in us through them. A little while ago I talked about how we are to carry our crosses and not be crushed under the burden. Today, I tell you that we can embrace them as we ask God, “How do you want me to be in this right now?”
Don’t just wait for the end of the journey or the trial. Embrace the gift we are given, no matter what package it comes in.