Do you remember as a kid when you would try on your mom or dad’s shoes? Maybe mom had a pair of heels or dad had a pair of work boots that just intrigued you because you wanted to be just like mom and dad. Sometimes, I would try to put them on my dog too. He deserved to be just as fashionable as the rest of us. We wanted to be like our parents because of how awesome they were to us.
My mom and I share this song called “Watching You” by Rodney Atkins. The lyrics go:
I’ve been watching you, dad, ain’t that cool? I’m your buckaroo, I wanna be like you And eat all my food, and grow as tall as you are We got cowboy boots and camo pants Yeah, we’re just alike, hey, ain’t we dad? I wanna do everything you do So I’ve been watching you.
Except, I always change the word “dad” to “mom”… and I’ve accepted that I’ll never be taller than 5’2 1/2.
I always wanted to be like Mom. When I was a kid I used to go with her to work. It made me want to be a nurse too. I wanted to help people just like Mom did. However, as I got older, I realized that maybe the nursing profession wasn’t for me. Maybe the reason I can’t stand the sight of blood is because I am not supposed to be a nurse.
As God worked in my life and in my heart I learned that I had my own calling. I learned that I am my own person. I read in scripture that God has plans for my future, to prosper me, according to Jeremiah 29.11. It’s not that I didn’t want to be like my mom anymore, it’s that God had a single plan JUST for my life, as He did for my mom too.
God has called each of us to something greater within this fallen world. For my mom, she was called to be a nurse. For me, I am called to the field of social work. You may be called to be a firefighter, policemen, teacher, bus driver, mailman, or stay-at-home mom. All of these occupations are worthy of the Kingdom.
Beyond the idea of a career, however, God has a single plan, a story, for each and every one of us. The problem with my thinking growing up was that my story was going to look just like my mom’s. But truth be told, no one’s story is going to be the same. We may share experiences, but God has a set of shoes for each of us to wear. I am not created to wear your shoes and walk your journey just as you are not created to wear and walk mine.
God prepares us for these journeys. He gives us gifts and talents to help us along the way as well. Have you ever seen a gifting in someone and just thought, “man, I wish I could do that!”. Most of the photos you see on this blog are taken by the best photographer I know (including the one for this post). I wish I had that gifting. A close friend of mine has the gift of prayer. I wish I was anointed in that way to lead others in prayer. But God has gifted me elsewhere. God has anointed me in another area.
Do you ever find yourself getting jealous of a friend’s gifting? Or maybe you find yourself getting upset because you see how successful they are becoming and that the Lord is working such great things in their lives, yet you are just sitting there, practically begging God to move in your life, and the same old, what seems like status quo continues… We have all been there at one point in our lives.
I want to share a vision with you that God gave me almost a year ago. In this vision, everyone is playing an instrument in an orchestra. Jesus is conducting. He points to a certain section and motions for them to play louder while using the other hand to quiet the other sections. Sometimes everyone is motioned to play quietly, and other times everyone is playing forte. Occasionally, someone will have a solo and everyone else will be quiet.
You see, when Jesus is conducting the orchestra of life, sometimes one person is going to have a solo where you have a rest. Other times we are all going to be playing loudly together. It is not a matter of them being more faithful to God, but rather God orchestrating HIS plans into our lives, creating the most beautiful story and harmony during HIS timing.
If you feel that you are being left behind by all of those around you, jealous that they are succeeding, or that the Lord is silent, let me tell you, brother or sister, God is surely working! He is preparing you and equipping you with what you need for your next big solo. He wants you to be prepared. He wants you to be ready. God does not set us up for failure, so He is taking the time to shape you and mold you into what you need to be to take on the next big step of life.
Do you know the greater thing God has called you to? What work is Jesus asking you to participate in?
When I am trying to find what God is calling me to do, I often look at what those around me are doing. And then I try to do that too. Unfortunately, when I get into it, I find myself frustrated that I am not as successful. Sooner or later, I realize that God actually has something else in store for me. It is something the Lord crafted for me, and only intended for me.
It is not always easy to see what God has before us, but if we fix our eyes on Him and continue to be obedient, the calling will come. And when it does, we need to continue to be obedient and recognize that because God is calling us to do it, we are adequate for the job!
I urge you, dear Child of God, continue to press in. Pursue HIM. Ask Jesus to show you His next step for your life. Ask Him to prepare you for what is to come.
God has a story for you. God has a plan. He has crafted a pair of shoes that fit your feet better then any man-made shoe. Walk in them, my friend, walk in them!
For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
– Ephesians 2.10
In His Grip,