I find myself these days between expectation and contentment. I am growing in my understanding that God’s plan is perfect and His timing is impeccable. I expect that who He is and what He will do in my life will always be the right thing.
In this “in between” time I often find myself dreaming of the ideal job, in the ideal location. But that will not necessarily bring me that elusive sense of being content. I need to be careful that I do not place my desire for contentment and fulfillment based upon my desires. Do you find yourself looking for that? I honestly have, and I do fall into that trap.
I do believe that you and I ought to operate in our “sweet spot”, as it were. I can be much more effective if my life’s work lines up with my personality, my interests, and my areas of strength. But even if all those things do line up and I am expecting that my job ultimately fills me with a sense of joy, if my joy is centered on me, I have missed the point.
Proverbs 3:5-6 is often quoted in discussions like this one. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on you own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.” Yes, we can count on the Lord to be there for us; No, we should not trust our own intuition and intelligence; and, yes, when we do acknowledge, or, recognize His sovereign right to direct our path, He will take us where He wants us to be. Is that a geographical location? No, not one bit!
It is God’s will that you and I, walk in conformity to who He is and what His goals are for our lives. It is when we put our agenda as priority that contentment and expectation slip out our hands like a recently landed fish! I must subject my plans and my desires as secondary to what His plans are for my life. His greatest desire for us is that our character becomes more and more like Jesus who prayed, “Not my will, but yours be done.” Until we get to that place, we will struggle with expectation and being content.
So, I am learning these lessons. Have I mastered them? Am I becoming all that God wants me to be? It is my prayer that I am learning the lessons the Master Teacher is expounding on as I attend the school of life. I am so thankful for His patience and gentleness as He leads me.
Pastor Bill Finch