The thing about being in the Potter’s hands (Jeremiah 18, Isaiah 45) is that we don’t always know what he’s forming us into. Sometimes it might even seem like we’re sitting on a shelf and waiting until He’s ready to do something with us. Isaiah 45 taught us not to argue with the Potter about the final outcome, but what should we do while we wait?
In I Kings 19, God tells Elijah to go anoint Elisha as prophet in his place. God has a mighty purpose for Elisha. We have the benefit of being able to read the whole story so we know that Elisha will do mighty works for the Kingdom of God. God will use him to perform miracles, obliterate wickedness, speak the word of the Lord. His ministry will be great.
I’m sure Elisha knew God had called him too, even before that day when Elijah showed up. He was quick to recognize the mantle and anointing of Elijah and follow him when he called. He didn’t just follow him, he gave EVERYTHING to follow him. That shows me that he was already following the Lord with his whole heart. He was waiting for instructions and activation in his ministry. God was faithful to give it.
But what was he doing while he waited?
I Kings 19:19 “He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair.”
When Elijah found him, he was plowing the field, tilling the soil, planting seed. He was already using what he had to make something.
When it feels like you are waiting around for life to start, for God to use you to do something big, why don’t you use what you have in your hand to make something beautiful. Start plowing. Plant a seed. Speak words of life to those around you. Be a smile to a hurting heart. Be a willing ear to someone who needs to let it all out. Help carry someone else’s burden. Pray with a neighbor. Talk to a stranger. What’s in your hand? What can you do now?
Don’t wait around for something big to happen, start spreading life NOW. The big things will come but even if they don’t, your life is about right now. Today always impacts tomorrow so spend it wisely. Make like Elisha and grab a plow!
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Excellent post! I needed that reminder. Thanks!
Read a book long ago, “Bubbles of Joy in the Cesspool of Life.”
At 76 many of my friends are experiencing great hardships and some great disappointments. I’m pretty sure when we finally see the overall landscape of our life, it will be the tiny things, the bubbles of joy, that we don’t even remember, that made a difference for others.
I think you are 100% right about that!
Great words Jaimie!