MY PLACE IN LIFE
Do you feel uncertain? Do you feel unsure of your destiny? You don’t even know what you were created to do or be? You are not alone. Everybody that ‘made’ it felt like that. The uncertainty and unpredictability are a part of your script. Expect it and rejoice in it. Your destiny is a journey, not a destination.
Have you ever felt so lonely you wondered why God created you? You just got tired of things around you, a sense of foreboding. Nothing seems to be working just now or you don’t know what to do next? Not sure which decision would lead you to your destination and you are afraid of taking the wrong step, so you are kind of stuck in the mid-road of confusion.
Confusion is the greatest enemy of mankind and it stems from fear, fear of the unknown. You are suddenly being catapulted into deep realms beyond your wildest imagination. Being suddenly afraid of the future while the memory of the past holds nothing to cherish. The search for fulfilment is indeed a journey into the unknown. But you don’t have to get lost. The search for one’s place in life is an intriguing one yet quite evident in the palms of the almighty.
My frame wasn’t hidden from you,
When I was made in secret,
Woven together in the depths of the earth.
Ps 139:16 your eyes saw my body.
In your book they were all written,
the days that were ordained for me,
when as yet there were none of them.
Ps 139:17 how precious to me are your thoughts, God!
How vast is the sum of them!
Ps 139:18 If I would count them, they are more in number than the sand.
When I wake up, I am still with you.
The search includes knowing exactly what God wants for you and his plans for your life per time. These things are not written on billboards; it takes a level of personal determination, desire and separation to get to understand these divine timetables. Each day of our life is open as a book in front of him even while we were yet unborn.
You are going to walk your way into your destiny. It is like climbing a ladder. Each step takes you higher and gives you a better perspective. Until you take the next step, you will continue to grope at the same level. God is not committed to revealing what’s around the corner until you proceed to the corner. Nobody ever won a prize for doing nothing.
By faith Abraham went out not knowing where he went. He even lived in the Promised Land not knowing it was his final abode. It was going to take several centuries for these truths to find ultimate fulfilment but Abraham was contented with just taking the next step. God said to Abraham ‘leave you country, your family and your village. That’s a very vague instruction. Where should he leave to? Why should he leave? For how long is he leaving? These are not easy questions and are full of uncertainties.
Abraham practically walked his way into destiny. Each day was filled with betrayal, sometimes war and other heart-rending decisions. He didn’t know what the outcome would look like but he was willing to make each day count.
Was Abraham certain that ‘God will provide for himself a ram’ for the sacrifice or he was only calming the nerves if Isaac. Did he know beforehand the outcome of sending away Ishmael and Hagar? How could he have predicted that, that act would save Joseph several decades later and set him off towards the actualisation of the dream of possessing the Promised Land? It was the Ishmaelite that bought Joseph from his bloodthirsty brothers and sold him to blood thirsty brothers in Egypt. God did not reveal all these to Abraham, but it was still a part of the plot.
God has a way of turning your mistakes of yesterday and today to some advantages in the unseen tomorrow. Like Abraham, you should be contented with believing just in the end while making the most of the present. Be a genuine seeker of the truth- the truth about yourself, who you are, where you come from, where you are headed, what is your purpose. This will guide your steps in the journey. It will be long, sometimes tiring but ultimately very interesting.
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