I was thinking about a family about to emigrate, and was so glad it wasn’t me having to sell up, pack up and leave. But then I was reminded that if I were the one leaving, I suppose I would be excited. Conversely, I am glad that I don’t wish to move but can’t, or have to move and am heart broken about it.
I know that the family who is emigrating, has considered all things with God, and is moving under His will, and so I know He has equipped them to deal with all the physical and emotional aspects involved. As far as my life is concerned, I am so content, and challenged by what God has called us as a family to, here in Swaziland, that I would feel I was abandoning my calling if I were to leave now. God has equipped me to stay, but He has equipped them to go.
That is why, when we are walking with God, we can never presume to know what other people should be doing or feeling. God isn’t going to share with me what my neighbour should be doing. He will be speaking to them daily preparing their hearts for what He is calling them to. My heart being prepared for what I am called to, I can’t judge their calling by what is in my heart. God works in us corporately, and individually. We are one body, but many parts of the body. The body moves together, but the eyes see and the fingers touch.
But in order to have my heart prepared by God for His calling on my life, I need to spend time with Him daily. Otherwise I just may find myself in a position where I have to move suddenly and am not in the least mentally, or emotionally prepared for it. He is as considerate of us as we will let Him be. Sometimes I call my children several times before it is time to leave, if they ignore me, they will be upset when we suddenly go, and probably end up leaving half their belongings behind. But the child that has obeyed my call, will begin to separate themselves emotionally, pack away the toys and make sure they gather their belongings before saying goodbye – the benefit of the 5 minute warning.
It is worth walking closely with God so that He can prepare us. And when He has decided that it is better for us not to know, we can trust Him in it. Like when the plaster has to be yanked off and the emotional distress of preparing for it would be worse than the actually act of the yank.
Always take heart that when He calls you to something, it is because He knows you are ready for it. It is a vote of confidence in you, and remember that He is always with you until the end of days.