You Are Here…

July 21, 2008 at 4:23 pm | Posted in Christianity | Leave a comment

Living in the busy and transient area around DC, people often complain about having to live here and how they can’t wait to get transferred out.  I understand that the traffic is bad and no one likes traffic.  No one wakes up and says “I am so glad I have a long commute to work today” or “I’m so thrilled that my 45 minute commute will take 2 hours tonight.”  Northern Virginia is a very busy place and there is a lot to dislike about the hectic atmosphere.  Although we are military, we have lived in the DC area almost 8 years now, so I understand.  But I came across a verse the other day…

From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us.  Acts 17:26-27

God in His sovereignty puts us in the exact places we should live for a reason, so that we might come to find Him.  In each time of life, in each place we find ourselves…God has something for us that we don’t want to miss.

For some people the “You are here” is not a physical place, but a time of life.  We are always waiting for the better place…when I have a boyfriend, when I am out of school, when I am married, when we have children, when I get the promotion, when we buy a house, when we get out of debt, when the children are gone…always longing for the next stage of life without really wanting to live the stage we are in. 

I wonder how often we miss the lesson God has for us by quickly trying to get to the next place.  But if we move on without learning what God has for us…we move on arriving handicapped.  If a baby doesn’t learn to sit, how can she learn to walk?  If you don’t practice the notes, how will you ever play the song?

We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food!  Hebrews 5:11-12

Maybe that is why so many of us with easy access to God’s word are still so immature spiritually.  We refuse to take the time to learn what God has for us and to find Him where we are.  We don’t have the patience to learn the lesson before we move on.

So wherever you are today, know that YOU ARE HERE with a purpose.  God wants you to find Him in your circumstances and it is worth the struggle of today.

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