Every day my sister and brother-in-love, Judy and David, send pictures of the progress being made on the construction of our new home in Prescott Valley, Arizona. Yesterday, she emailed pictures of my front porch.
I want to go. Now. See what God has in store for us in this new place. I can feel the tension build. I try to imagine where furniture and pictures belong. But it’s not time to go. The house won’t be completed until September . . . or maybe October. We haven’t even started packing-we’re in the what do we really need and want to take with us phase. Shredding old tax records, rereading cards and deciding which few to keep, cleaning out old clothes and towels that really aren’t useful anymore. Deciding what to throw away and what to give to Goodwill.
God whispers, “Stop those anxious thoughts. That restlessness to move on. Focus on the here and now. I have plenty of things for you right where you are. Don’t miss them.”
Seeing God Work
Yesterday, He provided me with the opportunity to visit a lady from my church who wanted prayer before eye surgery. When I got to her home, she cried. Her dog got out of the yard that morning and she couldn’t find him. Unable to drive, she couldn’t go look for him. “He helps me,” she said. “He’ll comfort me when I get home from my surgery. What will I do without him?”
She couldn’t see the buttons on her phone. So I looked up phone numbers and dialed two animal shelters. We looked at a Facebook page set up for lost dogs in her community.
And I prayed with her. For God’s peace and comfort, that He’d bring the dog home, guide the doctor’s hand, and heal her eye.
Several hours after I got home, she called me. “Someone found my dog! They brought him home! God is good!” We prayed again, praising and thanking God for His love and faithfulness.
What if I ignored the visitation request because I’m leaving in a couple of months? I would have missed seeing God work.
Work Where I Am Now
While in captivity, the Israelites longed to return to home. God told them to settle in and make a life where they were. Just like He told the the Israelites, not to speed ahead, God tells me to do His work where I am now. Watch Him work. Listen and take note. Learn what He has for me. Because it is for my good. His plan is to prosper me and give me hope and a future (Jeremiah 29: 11). But I have to do my part. “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all of your heart,” (Jeremiah 29:13).
I chose He > i as my one phrase for 2017. I need to pay attention to what God wants for me here and now. Yes, I have a future and a hope, but the present holds lessons, joy, promise, and the opportunity to see God work. I don’t want to miss out on everything God has for me.