Have you ever found yourself in a certain place in life wondering “how in the world did I ever end up here?”
“Here” was not part of your plan.
“Here” is no where to be seen written down in your schedule.
“Here” is not the destination you planned to reach.
“Here” was not the road you planned to travel on.
Yet “here” is exactly where you are.
Not by accident.
Not by mistake.
Not by coincidence.
But by the perfect will of God.
I have to confess… sometimes I doubt that where I’m at is where God wants me to be. Sometimes I think I must have taken a wrong turn somewhere. Sometimes I think that “here” is a big mistake that I somehow need to correct.
Often times I find myself questioning God about my “here” and when I do God continually reminds me: “here” is right where I need to be even if it makes absolutely no sense in my mind.
And in that confusing, sometimes dark, and usually uncertain place of “here” is the perfect place for God to work in your life.
Look at the many great men of the Bible and their own “here’s”…
Daniel. The man who remained faithful in his daily prayers to God ended up in a lion’s den. Not by accident but by God’s providence. Why? So that he could show God how faithful he would remain no matter the circumstances he found himself in and also to show the world that God would take care of him.
Joseph. An ambitious young boy with big dreams. I don’t think ending up in a dark dungeon was part of his plan to fulfill those dreams. To live his destiny. To do what God called him to do. But it was part of God’s plan. And it was during those years that God tested Joseph’s character and molded him into the great leader he would be.
Abraham. The man of faith that God promised the nations to. A son to. And yet there is Abraham standing at an altar with a knife, ready to sacrifice his own son because God asked him to. Did it make sense that God asked him to sacrifice the one and only son He gave him in his old age to fulfill His own promise to him? Not at all. But Abraham obeyed God. And through this his faithfulness and devotion to God was tested.
Job. The righteous man who walked with God lost absolutely everything that meant something to him in life. Not because God closed His eyes for a minute and forgot to watch out for Job. But because God purposefully allowed it to happen.
Moses. The man that God allowed to live as a baby in order to one day lead the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt. He was a fugitive who ended up living in a desert far from home for 40 years as a shepherd. Doesn’t seem like the ideal training ground for a mighty man of God who would lead the Israelites to freedom in the Promised Land.
Jesus. God’s one and only son. The Savior of the World. The Prince of Peace sitting on the heavenly throne. Somehow he ended up in a dark, sinful world. Hanging on a blood-stained cross. Not exactly the way I imagine the redemption of the world by the King of Kings.
What is my point exactly?
None of these great men of God ended up where they were by accident.
And YOU are not where you are at this moment by accident.
Your “here” is where God wants you to be whether it makes sense to you or not.
You can question God.
Maybe Job questioned God about why he ended up poor, sick, and ridiculed after walking righteously with Him for so many years…
Maybe Joseph questioned God about why he was locked up in a dungeon when he should have been doing something to fulfill those dreams of his…
Maybe Abraham questioned whether or not at that altar with his son was really where God wanted him to be…
None of it makes sense. Not of it seems like the ideal place to be. Yet what we think is the “ideal” place to be in our life is not always the ideal place in God’s eyes.
If you find yourself in that place today where so often I find myself I want to remind you what God has been teaching me lately: “Here” is the perfect place for you to be at this moment.
Here is where God purposed for you to be.
Even if it’s a hard place.
Even if it makes no sense.
Trust God with your “here” because He knows exactly what He is doing.
He did with all of those mighty men from the Bible.
He placed them in those places in life that made no sense and then He used those circumstances to strengthen them, to test them, to teach them, to mold them, and ultimately in the end He used them to fulfill His perfect will for their lives.
What is your “here” today?
You’re not there by accident.
Maybe it doesn’t seem like a good place to be… but it’s the perfect place for you to be.
I want to end this with a quote by Mark Driscoll: “The script you had in mind for your life is probably different than the one God will hand you. His is better.”
Never forget this: whatever you imagined, planned, hoped for, or dreamed of… God’s plan is better. He knows what’s best for you. He won’t allow you to go through things for no reason. And He will use the “here” in your life to fulfill His perfect purpose.
Trust Him for the script He is writing of your life.
Blessing! –Anna… ♥