It was the perfect, on-the-verge-of-fall day! The wind was blustery and the air was crisp and cool. Twirl winds of leaves, just beginning to hint at changing colors from green to all sorts of fiery yellow, orange and red were cascading down the street that the wild whisps had managed to shake loose. This day I was able to work from home, so after dropping the herd off at the bus stop and blowing kisses to fly in the wind alongside the leaves, I headed home for the most important item on my to-do list: Bake homemade chocolate chip cookies for after school (of course). (How effective is working from home REALLY?? Especially when it’s the PERFECT day for baking!)
Once home I got right to it. I practically know this recipe by heart, as I bake it ALL the time. It’s my mom’s recipe that she always used to bake for me growing up. Literally I’ve found none to compare in all my multiple decades of living. So in an effort to truly be productive and work efficiently I decided to skip reading the recipe… after all I KNEW what to do, I could lean on my own understanding (or so I thought… famous last words right!?!).
Upon opening the oven I realized that in my perfect (not so perfect) memory of the recipe, I had mistaken the oven temperature setting to be 350 instead of 375! Really though, what does 25 degrees matter in the realm of 300-some anyway?!! I’ll tell you what, those few degrees make the difference between a hot gooy gross total mess and a golden crisp outside with a soft center bit of perfection to die for! Again God sent His Scripture connection…
When I lean on my own understanding I often find myself a hot mess, in a sweat spot rather than in my sweet spot!
- Think of Johnathan, a good, kind, upstanding man and the next in line rightfully for the throne after his father Saul. YET God chose David to succeed Saul. Jonathan’s response is to submit to God’s choosing and encourage, support and fight FOR David!
- Think of David after becoming king, he has all the power, the resources and leadership skill to build the Temple for God, it’s even his idea. YET God chose Solomon to build it. David responds with “Who am I, Sovereign LORD, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? (2 Samuel 7:18) Total humility and submission to the Father’s will and way.
- Think of Barnabas, a great man of encouragement and YET God chooses Paul to lead. When no one would give Saul (turned Paul) a chance, Barnabas didn’t seize the moment to get ahead but rather to build a bridge for Paul to step into what Barnabas had seen God doing in his life.
- Think of Naomi, a woman of God and YET God chooses Ruth, her daughter in law from a pagan land to be the mother of king David’s grandfather. Naomi takes Ruth under her wing and celebrates what God is doing in her DIL’s life.
It’s easy to get strung up on what we THINK we understand even though God’s Word clearly advises otherwise (Isaiah 55:8-9)! I mean… where would David have been if Johnathan had not fought for him? Where would Solomon have been if David had not supported him? Where would Paul have been if Barnabas had not forged the bridge of acceptance? Where would Ruth have been if Naomi had not brought her into the family of God?
Regardless of what you THINK your life should look like right now, if you are abiding in Him don’t sweat it! You have been given the leading role in your own life, step into it as God designed! Your script is God’s bright idea! Whether you are called to submit like Johnathan, support like David, encourage like Barnabas, shepherd like Naomi… do it all to the glory of God! There are no small roles in HisStory, the Author of time and space does not waste it dear one!
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) This, dear one, will always be your sweet spot.