I have been watching a situation unfold at close range over these last weeks, and it struck me as I have observed the players (including myself) that we are always, always where God needs us to be at that moment. What we then choose to do with that moment is up to us.
As I’ve observed this mini-drama, I’ve been able to easily pick out the roles, though they have shifted between, and even within, the players over this first act: the protagonist and antagonist, the hero, and the audience. I didn’t choose to participate in this particular play, but that’s the way it usually happens in life, isn’t it? We stumble into our roles, thrust suddenly onto the stage, temporarily blinded by the lights, desperately hoping no one figures out we have no idea what our lines are. We muddle through the best we can, comforted only by the knowledge that all of the players are in the same boat. Even the audience is generally sympathetic.
I’ve learned a lot through this experience. Maybe nothing new, more like a profound reinforcement of what you really already knew, but needed to learn the hard way after all. Lessons like:
• Trust others by being vulnerable first.
• Giving into fear is paralyzing and destructive.
• We all have different strengths and weaknesses and will accomplish exponentially more if we work together.
• Most powerfully for me, God always, always places us where He needs us at that moment.
This one has not been easy. I shall pray for the courage to play the part well which has been entrusted to me, and to have faith that God’s confidence in me is justified.
“When one has finished building one’s house, one suddenly realizes that in the process one has learned something that one really needed to know in the worst way – before one began.” –Friedrich Nietzsche