It's funny how God can place us exactly where we belong, and we feel the presence of Him through what is happening. On the other hand, we can be in the wrong place at the wrong time and sense that we have made a wrong turn from His will. We have all been there.
Much of my life has been about the former rather than the latter because there is a very stubborn side of me. Not sure about you, but I know when the committee of me, myself and I meets there is definite blow back against God's will. Fortunately they meet a lot less lately. And because of the improvement of decision making influenced by the Holy Spirit I can see a lot clearer now to be in the right place at the right time.
Making a transition in life is always difficult, and as we get holder, it gets harder to do. Adjusting to a new location, a new definition of my job and being away from family and friends has been at times, trying. But throughout this process there have been situations where I know the right choice has been made. Being able to share your faith with others can happen anywhere, and being able to encourage folks who need to hear a message of hope is something God will certainly present to us if we are listening to His voice.
In a multitude of ways this has happened to me here in Daphne. Even sometimes in negative situations where loss has been experienced to receive a gain, faith shows up and God validates being in the right place at the right time. There have been countless opportunities to share the reason for my life change and this influence has led to some good natured kidding. Never trying to say I am holy, just pointing out how all the "holey" parts of my life were filled in by a patient God with his forgiving grace.
The other day when referring to confessing our sins to someone, everyone looked at me as if I were a priest of some kind, and would be the one to confess to. While somewhat jokingly said, I felt really good that my influence has been led toward that rather than anything negative. Being referred to as "Father Glenn" is a whole lot different than some of the names of the past I was called.
The point is that God can use us anywhere at anytime, and the worst parts of our lives, the most excruciating parts of our life stories can be used to further good in others if we just understand God will fill in the blanks for us if we are obedient. Really all we have to do is show up in that right place at the right time, and He will show us what to do.
Think about the reluctance of Moses, the fear of Jonah, the u-turn of Paul and the transition of Peter from fool to tool, and we see that if we show up with all of our flaws when God calls, we can still be used as powerful ambassadors of faith. Not scholars, just useful tools for Him.
All it may take is getting out of our box, out of our comfort zone, and being led into the struggle of a different phase of life in order to find out if that faith we thought we had is real and is battle tested.
We will surely know that, and if we are in the right place at the right time!
Glenn is an ex-Marine Viet Nam vet who is also a recovering alcoholic, clean and sober for 30 years. He has been involved in start up and ongoing recovery ministry at North Atlanta Church and Campus for the last two decades. He has a passion for outreach and to spread the message that the answer to lasting and fulfilling recovery from addiction is in a relationship with Jesus Christ. He and the ATB team are available to assist in your questions or needs on an individual basis and will do so maintaining complete confidentiality. You may e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.