Life has to be about more than sitting on the side-lines.
Remember when I said that life currently feels like I am sitting on the side-lines waiting for something to happen? Remember the level of frustration that has caused? Well, a few things have changed since…thank God. I have understood that this is a time to learn, train and improve my sight until I am ready to be deployed in the field. Deployed you ask? Yes deployed, for I am a soldier in the army of God.
My favourite questions in life, who are you and what are you hear for, have been repeated so much this weekend that I have been asking them with a new intensity and to everyone I speak to. Understanding and answering them properly gives me the right premise for life and deep effectiveness that gets me past greed and selfishness.
It became very clear to me that the world has a space that is shaped exactly like me and if I don’t rise and fill it I will not be everything God determined for my days. If I am too small, I am not effective. If I am too big, I am not effective. If my shape is lopsided, I am not effective. I have to be just the right size, in the right place and it has to be just the right time for it all to work out well.
That is what I am working towards today.
John 4 tells the story of the Samaritan woman. I know you know the story and yes, I reference it a lot. We always focus on her choices, lifestyle and how she had so many men that we miss other pertinent points. Do you think it was a mistake that she was born Samaritan in a town that no Jew would go into willing? Was it a mistake that after years of loss and bad behaviour the Saviour would walk to her town, say he was hungry, send his boys to buy food and plant himself by the well at noon? Was it a fluke that she walked out when he was alone and he spoke to her about many things?
You don’t have to answer.
Again, wasn’t it odd that she was so well versed in her knowledge of the religious views of both the Jews and the Samaritans? Why was she so confident to have this kind of conversation with a strange Jewish man? Where was her confidence from? Why was so secure in chatting? How did she become such a strong personality and so eloquent? Interesting questions the show the true mastery of God and Creation.
God knew that the people of Samaria needed what His son carried and so He (God) set it up for this beautiful, very flawed woman to be there to meet him. Wait…what? You don’t think she was beautiful? Well, what attracted the men to her? It is likely that the very thing that drew them in was the thing that sent them running for the hills…a deep dark beauty? That is what I think about…she had to have something attractive about her.
As a key part of the plan, this woman was earmarked, selected and allowed to live a life that would cause her to be in place to meet Christ and change her community in a blink. One conversation, one water pot, one request, one mind shift, one touch of the love of God and BOOM!!!! Samaria was different and the very people who despised, cast away and helped her destroy her life were following her back to Saviour.
She definitely wasn’t a mistake.
Her life positioned her to be the right voice, messenger, and emissary to share the transforming love of God. Her town was changed because when the time came she was trained and in place even as she didn’t know she was. Can you imagine how the first conversation with people was? Can you see the shock on their faces as they listened and wondered who she had met? Then she mentions a man who told her everything she had done and she was excited telling them, it was important to go meet him.
It always had to be a man who changed her life.
Yet this time, there was something different. It wasn’t the look of sexual, financial or social satisfaction. She was sated in a way they had never seen and they had to meet the guy who did this for her. They could see the difference and even as she didn’t know what tools she had in her tool kit. She wasn’t totally aware of everything she was but that didn’t stop her from radiating it to the world around her.
What about you?
The current state of world affairs has many people stranded because there’s no production coming out of China, the airline industry globally has taken a hit, tourism is down, countries and communities are on lock down, the stock for many small businesses is stopped because of no production in China and some countries do not have sources of food. There are major spaces in the global community opening up for new sets of players…do you know what is available in your field?
Look at Israel, the world is waiting with baited breath for her to provide an antidote. It was reported last week that they have made major strides towards its development. How long will it take? Some say 90 days, others say 120 days…truth is, only they know. They are a credible nation because they have been on the frontline of adaptation all their lives. There are things in their history that haven’t made sense but they have never failed to step up and step in to help resolve challenges when they have the answer…never!!!
What is going on around you that is designed for your input?
Life has taken you down very specific roads that are dedicated to you and the path you need to follow. Where you were born and everything you have endured or enjoyed has built you in a very specific way that is to benefit the world. You weren’t sent here to just coast through life and just be. You were sent here to change the lives of a very specific set of people in a very specific way. You are not and will never be a mistake unless you take your life off the rails and fall off the track.
What position do you need to take that will open up your mind to the realities tied to you? Take time to find and understand these because the world is awaiting you and all you carry. Rise and take your place; rise and take your place; rise and take your place; you are of absolute importance.
19 For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; 21 because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of [a]corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for the adoption, the redemption of our body. Rom 8:19-23.