I don’t know about you but I do know that God is sovereign. I believe that with all my heart because the Bible tells me so. At the same time I sometimes look to the future with uncertainty. I remember about fifteen years ago we were entertaining a call to a church in the north but a few things weren’t lining up that we thought were very important…and we had to wait…and the reality is that we never moved there.
I am further along in believing in God’s sovereignty these days, but at the same time, I’m not as far along as I want to be. I like my ducks lined up! Maybe that describes you. You want life to be where you want it to be. You’re single and you want to be married and most of the members of the opposite sex are simply undatable…and you wait…to get married and get on with life…but maybe God wants you to do some things as a single person. You are between jobs and you keep pumping out the resumes and it’s hard to wait. And maybe God is going to do some shaping of your heart through the wait. Maybe you have a job that is good for the short term, but you don’t see yourself doing it forever, and you work and you wait…but maybe there’s some things to do in the here and now.
I think about Joseph a lot. He was the favoured child and his brothers beat on him and sold him for a fist full of dollars into slavery. He ended up as the keeper of the household. His boss’ name was Potiphar but he wasn’t the issues…it was his wife…and she had her eye on Joseph. And long story short was that Joseph ended up behind bars…and his life story went on. You can read about him in the later chapters of Genesis in one sitting, but his life went on for years…and God did some things in his life in Potiphar’s household and when he was behind bars.
Sometimes the mistake we make is waiting for God to remove the thing, whatever the thing is. The difficult person, the difficult situation, the difficult job, and we are waiting for that thing to be removed so we can get on with life…but what if that thing is never to be removed? Think of Paul who prayed that his thorn would be removed…but it never happened. What if that thing is always going to be a part of your life?
Many cling to Romans 8:28 with white knuckles:
 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28 ESV)
This is a verse for the redeemed, those who have been called out of darkness into God’s marvellous light. All things…the seemingly stupid things, the sinful things, the unfair things, the underserved things, the radical things, the surprising things, and the normal things and all the things in between. God in His wisdom and in His sovereignty is at work for all things to work together for good.
Some of our ladies from church went to the True Woman conference a while back and by and large it was a great event. One of the standouts of the conference, from what I understand, was Joni Eareckson Tada. When she was a teen she had a diving accident and she became a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the shoulders down. My understanding is that she prays regularly for her thorn to be removed and at this point God has said ‘no’.
If she had just waited and banked on God to remove the thorn, she would have put her life on the shelf for many, many years. Sometimes we feel like we’re in limbo-land waiting for life to work out the way we want it to, or expect it to. Sometimes that happens and sometimes it doesn’t.
We are to bloom where we’re planted. Sometimes we are waiting to make a big splash but we sometimes miss the opportunities of creating little waves. Could it be that you have a ministry opportunity right across the street, right next door, right in the cubicle beside you at work, or right in your own household.
God knows the course that our lives will take and we can trust Him and act where we are, doing what we can empowered by the gospel and living out the gospel as we speak the gospel.