But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ
Jesus (Philippians 4:19).
Driving down the highway on a hot summer's day, one might
often see a group of cattle all huddled beneath a single shade tree. Perhaps further down
the road, one might also see a similar group of cattle cooling in a small farm pond. And
you can't blame them. They, like anyone else, desire to find the more soothing and
comfortable places in life. It's only natural that we, like the cattle, also seek to find
ways to get to a more comforting place. But the natural urges might sometimes be
misleading, as there is often much to be gained by staying put.
Our striving to find a place of contentment is indeed a very strong motivator. The
trouble, however, is not so much that we desire to find comfort, as it is that we can
become so focused on the so called, "better places" or "better things"
that we cannot see anything good within our current circumstances. What do we miss when we
possess such feelings? We are certain to miss out on many things: the silver lining, the
joy that transcends understanding, God's purposes and will, the lessons to be learned and
the hope that remains throughout every circumstance. We can so become fixated upon our
idea of what is good and best, that we entirely miss out on the good and best that God
brings to us daily. Things aren't quite the way we would have them, so we either choose
not to see the good or choose not to have anything at all with the exception of
frustration and self-induced misery. And in the midst of it all, we somehow convince
ourselves that even God has something better for us--somewhere down the road--while He so
much desires to speak to us where we are.
Unfortunately, most of us preach to ourselves a gospel of "someday when" and
never realize the possibilities of the present now. For how many times have we said,
"Someday when I. . ." have this or that, "then I can. . ." do this or
that. Noble intentions to be sure, but it is a someday that seldom comes. For no matter
how often we reach our some day, another some day lays on the horizon and immediately
grips our attention. And we become paralyzed in the present now, because we are certain we
can do nothing until this or that--until someday.
The Bible tells us that "This is the day of our salvation." We do not have to
live for a distant someday, believing that when the someday is reached, then we can do
this or that and thereby bring glory to God--and thereby gain a sense of purpose and
fulfillment. We may think, "If only I had more money, I could" do this or that
for God, and we fail to see that we have everything today that we need. For we know that
our God desires to see us be faithful in the little as well as much.
Regardless of how we have gotten to where we are today, this is where we are. It is a
place wherein, as we surrender to God, He can use what we have and who we are--regardless
of how little it may appear to us to be--and He can work His purposes in it. For it has
never been a question of what we have, or what we can do--it has always been a matter of
Who we know. And it is the Who that we know that can work wonders through us all,
regardless of our apparent inadequacies. Let's not sell our God short in the great He can
do, even when it seems He has little to work with.