On Wednesday morning, I sat in the cafeteria to accomplish some writing before the workday started. A colleague came over to say hello, and he ended up giving me excellent advice. He asked about my future plans, and I responded that I like to write about the Gospel and its connection with my life (like I do in these weekly devotionals) and with world issues, and that one day, I would like to speak regularly. I added that I was not confident that these are opportunities I can create for myself. I will certainly continue to write, read and study, but the opportunity to publish a book or speak at an event, for example, would need to be God-ordained.
He agreed that two elements are at work when dreams are realized: there is personal effort, and there is a God-ordained opportunity. Then, he offered wisdom I did not expect. “The most important factor,” he said, “is that you are a daughter of God first. When you are a daughter of God first, you don’t have to concern yourself with the writing and the preaching. Those will happen. Just be his daughter.”
When he said that, I pictured myself sitting at the feet of Jesus. I’m not doing anything particularly interesting. I’m just sitting there, thinking, praying, casually talking when something particular comes to mind, listening and writing. I don’t have an agenda. I’m not nagging Jesus about the next step I need to take in my life. I am not anxious about the future. We’re focused on friendship, and it is a peaceful existence.
My colleague was really talking about Matthew 6:33. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
When I seek his kingdom first, I don’t have to worry about the logistics and the plans and the steps and the dates and times that my dreams will become a reality. I only need to sit at God’s feet daily. To pray. To learn more about him. To love him better. To be a better friend and a better daughter.
Then, in time, what the Lord desires to happen will happen. But while I wait, I will continue to be faithful in the everyday: to work, study, write, and pray. To refine the skills he wants me to develop right now. To gain the knowledge and wisdom that will benefit me when those opportunities come my way.
When they do, I’ll be ready.