God has been doing a work in me for a few months...constantly sending me little reminders and nudges that He has me where He wants me and my job is to bloom where He has planted me. Easier said than done on most days. Just say'in...
I AM hearing the messages and feeling the nudges though and I WILL be faithful.
In recent months I've been presented with various life challenges - both good and bad:
a new business opportunity - one in which I am blessed to be able to work with and learn from my awesome daughter!
changes in leadership at my day job - which, even while good, always has a trickle down effect and provides new territory to navigate.
challenged by living a distant 680+ miles from my parents who are currently experiencing health challenges
travelled to stay with my parents for a week to help with navigating physician appointments, new schedules at home, etc...and to provide some much needed respite time for my siblings
missed an annual bible study retreat with the women of my church due to conflicts with my job and the trip to my parents - priorities definitely came into play and while I missed having my soul fed spiritually, I know I was where I most needed to be. Without question. My soul was indeed fed...just in a different manner than I had planned on my calendar. ;-)
Sometimes, I've just wanted to climb into bed and pull the covers over my head. Not gonna lie. I've had those moments. But then I think...my parents are having worse moments.
Me to me: "Suck it up, buttercup! It's your season to be strong and navigate this uncharted territory where God has you planted."
I'm learning that when I pay attention, there are pearls of wisdom...ready for my taking. I just need to own them and apply them to my life.
God's primary will is more about our character than what we do (vocationally).
Wherever you are planted make sure you are serving God in that place.
Instead of praying "what do You want me to do in the future, ask, who do You want me to be today?"
It's almost impossible to end up in the right destination when you start with the wrong motives.
Before you expect the big stuff, be faithful in doing the small stuff. Sometimes we have to serve Jesus where we are planted.
When you serve Jesus right here, it helps you to get the the right there.
When we get the small decisions right, God leads us step by step to the right places.
When you want to do something big for God in the future...be faithful in the right now.