That Unpleasant Process
You have a specific niche to fill.
And the task of God is to make sure you fit that role. To play that part is the only way you will ever be satisfied in your life. Everything else is second best.
“Where your talents and the needs of the world cross;
there lies your purpose.”
But the process is not pleasant. It is agonizing.
You will begin to question the logic of your decision to put others’ needs above yours. Your desire to be happy will cloud your eyes. “Don’t I have the right to be happy?” It will sound legitimate because oftentimes, what you want is not actually wrong. And yet you know in your soul that it is not the path set out by The Master for you.
The only antidote to such times is sensing the Presence of God anew.
“…as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord GOD my refuge…”
– Psalm 73:28
Come home once again.
Knock on your Father’s door.
Remove your coat, sit down with Him in the kitchen counter, a cup of coffee in your hand, and bare your soul to Him. Talk to Him… and let time pass by.
I remember something Robert Schuller wrote a few years back:
“I remember one winter my dad needed firewood, and he found a dead tree and sawed it down. In the spring, to his dismay, new shoots sprouted around the trunk. He said, ‘I thought sure it was dead. The leaves had all dropped in the wintertime. It was so cold that twigs snapped as if there were no life left in the old tree. But now I see that there was still life at the taproot.’ He looked at me and said, ‘Bob, don’t’ forget this important lesson. Never cut a tree down in the wintertime. Never make a negative decision in the low time. Never make your most important decisions when you are in your worst mood. Wait. Be patient. The storm will pass. The spring will come.”
God’s presence can fix a lot of broken notes in our hearts.
It is the cure to loneliness…
Weariness… And many other “illness” that a psychiatrist cannot solve. Not even a vacation. Entertainment. Relationships. Our souls has complexities that only He can understand.
There’s a song I learned from a church years ago:
“In Your presence… in Your presence… There is peace
In Your presence… in Your presence… There is joy…
I will linger, I will stay, in Your presence day by day.
Till Your likeness is seen in me…”
Sing. Especially when praying becomes difficult. When faith is impossible.
And as you worship, you will find your strength once more. Your vision renewed.
May the Father envelope you today.