I often wonder why God waited until I was older to call me into ministry. Sometimes I even get a little sad when I think of all the time that I “wasted” in my earlier life, time that I could have used better to serve God. But then when I sit back and look at the full picture of my life I see that God was preparing me for my call during my 20’s and 30’s. I also remember that being a stay at home mom was not “wasted” time. That was important work. I also remember that being a teacher was important work as well. Even though I was not close to God in those years and for much of that time I was angry at God, I understand that I needed to live that part of my life to get to this part of my life. I look back and can’t exactly pick out what I would remove from the timeline to have received my call earlier. Would I give up time with my babies being that stay at home mom, no, that was too short as it is. Would I take away one year of teaching all those sweet first graders, no, I was a good teacher. How about my time in Children’s Ministry? That shaped me in a powerful way, I couldn’t trade that away. I see now that God’s timing is perfect. God waits for the perfect opportunities in our lives to open and close doors.
Read: John 7:1-31
Questions to Consider:
- When have you felt the Holy Spirit calling you to do something and listened? How did it turn out?
- When have you felt the Holy Spirit calling you to do something and didn’t listen? Why didn’t you listen?
So What Activity: Take a walk outside and take some time to listen to the Holy Spirit. If you feel the Spirit prompting you towards some action move towards that opportunity.