Have you ever heard the phrase, “A watched pot never boils”?
Well this is sort of how I’ve been feeling these last couple of weeks while I wait on the Lord to show me the work I’m meant to be doing or what His plan for me is. I’m staring at this ‘pot on the stove’ in so much anticipation of what ministry will be like when it really gets ‘cookin’. One thing I’m learning is that this process of getting rooted and networked in a new place before starting up ministry takes T-I-M-E. This is a big change of pace for me and I can get antsy just wanting to “get going”. I’m realizing though how much I just want to be ‘busy’ even if being busy or doing things to fill up every minute might not be as important as taking the time to start things out right.
It’s amazing how God used my bible reading this week to speak to my exact situation. As you can imagine me in my impatience with adjusting, I’ve been getting flustered by wanting to know how things are going to all fit together and wanting to get started already. I’ve been in Luke and got to 10:38 about Martha and Mary. It says that while Mary sat at the Lord’s feet to listen to His teaching, Martha was “distracted with much serving.” She asked if Jesus cared that she was left to do all the work and then to tell her sis to help out. Then Jesus said, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.” Here I am getting anxious wanting to do do do and to be busy, but what I have is the chance to ‘not be distracted with much serving.’ I have the chance to start out here one step at a time with what’s in front of me. I just need to plug into the church here and get rooted while focusing on my own relationship with the Lord. To enjoy, drawing near and listen to Him as He leads. It’s something substantial that won’t be ‘taken away’ and maybe that will overflow to the people around me.
As always, easier said than done, and I’m sure that I’ll feel impatient about waiting on the Lord’s lead. I’m so thankful for this reminder though, and my eyes are set on Him. Please pray for what I lack in patients and a motivation for deep personal study. My prayer is for you too, as bits our every day life tasks might frustrate our sense of purpose and timing. Press on and look to Him-He does want to use this life we have! The trick might be staying so closely in touch with Him that we’re ready to jump in when He says go.