Sunday, November 13, 2011

God Has a Plan

While we were waiting in Moldova for our letter of invitation that we needed for our visas, we enjoyed being able to attend International Christian Fellowship for a service.   The man who preached has been a missionary to Moldova for 19 years and has started working in Malawi, Africa as well.   His message was about Jesus being the "I Am" for whatever we need.

One sentence really struck me - "Moses was content to tend sheep in the wilderness even though he had been trained to be a prince."

Think about it. Moses was blessed to be raised as a prince.  He was comfortable.  After Moses murdered the Egyptian, he had to flee from Egypt, where he became a shepherd.   The time as a prince was not wasted, but was part of the preparation for what lay ahead for Moses. God had a plan.  Moses was comfortable being a shepherd.   After God spoke to Moses in the burning bush, he became the leader of the Israelites until he died.   That was God's plan for Moses.  The time as a prince or shepherd was not wasted, but was part of the preparation for what lay ahead for Moses.  God had a plan.  It took something to get the attention of Moses to help him make the change to follow the next step in God's plan.

I can relate to Moses.   I had worked at a company for more than seven years and enjoyed my job very much.   I was comfortable.  One day, I realized that God speaking to me about a possible career change.   Having more questions than answers, I sent out one resume, got the job, and we moved within three months.   During that time, circumstances in my job changed for the worse and I understood why God had been getting my attention.   The time working there was not wasted, but was part of the preparation for what lay ahead for me. God had a plan.

I worked for more than 13 years for the other company.  Those were some of the best years of my career.   I loved what I did and was comfortable with it, planning to retire working there.   We had purchased what we hoped would be our retirement home.   I was comfortable.  But God had other ideas and rattled my world with a short-term trip to Ukraine.   Last year, we moved to Ukraine to be missionaries.   At this point, this is God's plan for my life.   The time working there was not wasted, but was part of the preparation for what lay ahead for me.  What does the future hold?   We plan to return to Ukraine for another term.   Beyond that, I have no idea what the future brings.   But I do know this - God has a plan and He will guide prepare me so that I am ready for the next step, whatever it is!

The other thought I had about that statement was this - is it better to do things my way or God's way?   God's way, of course.   When it comes to daily life, we continually need to make that choice.

2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) says "For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline."   How often do we choose to live in fear, instead of chosing what God has for us?

Philippians 4:6 (NLT) says "Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done."   How often do we choose to worry, instead of choosing to pray and trust God.

1 Thessalonians 5:15 (NLT) says "Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus."   How often do we choose to grumble and complain, instead of finding something to be thankful for in our current circumstance?

Whether it's our daily life or our career direction, God has a plan and a purpose for each of our lives.  As sons and daughters of the King of Kings, we need to learn to live how God wants us to live and be who God wants us to be.   We need to spend time reading the Bible and praying if we are not sure what that is.

How about you?   Are you shepherding when God wants you to be doing something else?

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