I read this in the Fall 2012 Leadership Journal yesterday and I am pretty sure it was written just for me:

Frustration

I have been thinking for the last couple of weeks that I am tired of “just getting through” whether that be my next task, the next hour, the next day, the next week, etc. As I read this, I realized that this may be some of my problem. I know I have been called to pastoral ministry and I don’t see anything moving in that direction at this point. I know God has more for my family along those lines, but it hasn’t been revealed to us yet. And I am looking forward to that, I am excited about where God will lead us.

But in the meantime, I get frustrated that noting is changing and that it all stays the same all the time. Especially since a Word from the Lord we received around Christmas time promised movement on His part and we are still waiting.

I guess this article was (is) a good reminder of Philippians 4:11-13

11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Maybe I haven’t learned to be content where I am now. Maybe I haven’t learned to be content with waiting. Maybe I have lost some of the passion for the here and now and am spending too much time wondering about the yet to come. I don’t know. I don’t have the answers. But I do know I need to keep asking about the yet to come, while being content in the here and now. And “trust God and let that be enough.”

In what ways do you find yourself sacrificing the here and now for the yet to come?

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