Have you ever thought about how much of your life is in preparation for something else? Just think of your work day; how much time does it take to prepare for a 1 hour presentation? Or, how about the time it takes to prepare for some project on your to-do list for this coming week-end? If you were sitting beside me right now in my special, normally quiet room where I spend time with God you would know why I’m thinking about this…
Today is the first day of our “exciting” remodeling project. We have been waiting for this day for five years. We’re finally getting a screened porch so that we can enjoy our backyard without every bug known to man attaching itself to our bodies. Today has been a preparation day. Actually, this whole week will probably be about preparation. Preparation for this remodeling project includes demolition; complete with a jack hammer and a dumpster in the middle of our back yard. Even though today has been noisy and messy it’s a sign of progress and I’m excited!
This got me thinking about my life…
Most of my life has been about preparation. I know I’m a “mature” woman, but don’t go thinking I’m a slow learner. I’m in good company. The Bible is loaded with people who spent their whole life preparing for their “moment in time.” Three that come to mind are David, Esther, and our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
- David was anointed king at the age of 15 (1 Sam 16: 1-13) and did not begin his reign until he was 37 (2 Sam 1:5)
- Esther completed 12 months of beauty treatments just to meet the king one time (Esther 2:12).
- Jesus spent 30 years preparing for His 3 1/2 year ministry
I have had my share of demolition in my life. There have been many times God allowed life to roll into the yard of my heart with a dumpster and pulled out the jack hammer. Now I must be honest, I wasn’t excited then like I am about my remodeling project, but now I know it was in preparation for God’s plans and purposes for my life. If I could go back and wipe away those times I would say an emphatic “no.” What I’ve learned is just too precious! I truly believe all my demolition and preparation are for such a time as this (Esther 4:14). EVERYDAY the Holy Spirit finds ways to use me because of my preparation time.
I encourage you today to look at your challenges, struggles, and trials as preparation to be used for the Glory of God!