If you are anything like me, you cringed at that saying, “Do what you can wherever you are planted”.
I am a dreamer, a doer, an aspiring, creative being. I want to go, I want to reach and stretch to the farthest ends of the Earth.
My heart’s dream is so far from where I am, that I often forget my roots are planted for the time being. I am not in some third world country fighting for those enslaved, I am not in villages bringing restoration to the broken.
I am in a small beach town working an 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. job, going to college and feeding my very hardworking, hungry husband in the in between.
If I am going to be completely honest, this has often discouraged me. This has often made me feel defeated. I know for a fact that I am capable, that I am comfortable with the uncomfortable, so why not use it?! So why not go, why not do?!
Well, the Lord sure did answer that question.
After months of feeling like my abilities were not being put to use, I prayed a bold prayer.
I prayed, “Lord, show me why you have given me these passions. Show me specifically how you want me to use them in the season of my life, so that I do not become stagnant. I am so frustrated of feeling like I only have closed doors!”.
I wanted an outlet. I wanted to use what I knew would bring light to others.
The issue was that I wasn’t paying attention to those who were planted right next to me. I was paying attention to the “far-reached”, I was paying attention to conquering mountains.
All I needed to do what sit in silence and just listen for just a moment, for just a second.
Once I did this, the Lord not only showed me one, but three individuals who needed light in their season of life. Three young women approached me at different times, and in different situations, asking if I would be willing to spend some time investing in their lives.
There is this feeling, like my heart was soaring through the air. I know that I was created for this very thing. I searched and looked and complained of finding nothing. Once I finally let go and allowed God’s will to play out, I was over the moon with His guidance – in not only my life but in the lives of these young women.
Now we have found creative ways to discuss the things going on in their lives. Instead of texting or FaceTiming (two of these young women no longer live in my state), we write snail mail to each other with prayers, wisdom, words of encouragement. We are open and transparent. We are vulnerable and willing.
It is an amazing thing when you allow the Lord to move in your life. When you finally let go of what you want or where you want to be.
Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
(Psalm 37:4, ESV)
I am constantly in awe of the Lord and how He moves when we least expect it.
I encourage you to breathe deep, to trust in His will, for He knows exactly what it is that your heart desires.
Be present where you are planted.