“They’re doing the thing I want to be doing! Why can’t I do it?”
“Ugh!! Why can’t I be her? She has her life together”
“They’re succeeding in their life and I’m sitting still!”
“When will my time come?”
Any of these thoughts sound familiar? Yeah, me too. Almost too familiar. I think I thought one of those thoughts today. Why is it that we are never satisfied with the moment in life we are in? We see someone doing well and bam, the green eyed monster shows up!
What’s My Status?
I was at work today and stroke up a conversation with this guy. He was making small talk asking me where I went to school, what I got my degree in, etc. I proceeded to tell him I was still looking for a “big girl” job and I’m sure he could tell I was getting irritated. Not because of the conversation but because I wasn’t in my “big girl” job yet. Then, he said something to me that was so simple but made an impact. He said that I’ve still got a good 40 years (implying that I was still young and didn’t need to have life figured out now). Well, obviously I knew that but it’s something I forget a lot. I want things to happen quick.
God Isn’t on a Schedule
A professor from my college days always used to say that God grows things. It had stuck with me for years! There are mysteries in the Bible we as humans aren’t meant to understand but there is one mystery that catches my heart more than the others.
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” -2 Peter 3:8
My brain hurts trying to figure this out. It makes no sense because we only have one concept of time. We think of our days as 24hrs. Our weeks are 7 days. Years are 365 days. We have night and day. But I think God’s days are very different.
Now, Peter says this in one verse and it’s an important verse but I think he only wants his readers to focus on the rest of the chapter. Peter continues to write about how since God’s view of time is different we shouldn’t worry because God always keeps his promises. We may think God has forgotten about our request but really, the time isn’t right. God’s timing isn’t right. His timing is all that matters. So, instead of worrying, cast your anxieties on him (1 Peter 5:7). We are to continue and focus on growing in grace and knowledge (2 Peter 3:18) because what is happening now is preparing you for what God has coming around the corner. It may not look exactly like you imagined, in fact it probably won’t, but it’ll be Gods plan and Gods plan is best.
So I say to myself tonight, and you should too, that those people on my Facebook feed, Instagram photos or Twitter who are doing great things are doing their great thing. Not mine. I must focus on growing to be more like Christ. I may miss a great thing if I focus on someone else’s calling instead of mine. Surrender the vision I had and allow God to use every situation to his glory.