“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” Philippians 1:6 (ESV)
The date, January 5, 2015, came…and went! Yikes! That was supposed to be an exciting day. It was intended to be a monumental day. It was the original day I had set to launch this very website, speak2myheart.org.
You see, I am a planner. I like to forecast things way in advance. I like to map things out. I had the vision for the site fully written. As far as I was concerned, it was GO time, long before it was time to go. But while I had prepared everything, God was not quite ready to release it. And then He reminded me:
“’For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the LORD” Isaiah 55:8 (NIV)
As the time was rapidly approaching and I was not making progress with the site, I became anxious…just a little…okay A LOT! I started to get concerned about its appearance and how I would never release it until it met a certain standard I had set. All the while, the skill set was lacking what was needed to materialize the vision that I had for this project. To top it off…time became a factor when the holidays hit, then to add an accident that left my vehicle totaled, and on and on and on. There was nothing left to do but delay it…indefinitely. And so I did.
Over the last few months as I prayed for breakthrough, I gained a new perspective. And just in the recent days I came to the conclusion…or better yet, again I was reminded that God is in control of all things. And He makes all things right in His timing. He gave me this vision. How could I not trust Him to bring it to pass? Not only will He do it…He will do it however and whenever He sees fit.
If you take a look around Speak 2 My Heart, you will notice a few flaws here and there. You will notice that it does not quite seem complete. You may have even wondered why I would publish it while it is yet still under construction.
Well, it was not my idea…but His. As I pondered God’s prompting to just do the best I can with what I have and release it, I thought about how we each live this way each and every day.
We all have flaws.
We all are works in progress.
We all are still under construction.
Our God is so gracious…and merciful. He loves us right where we are. And He encourages us to have the same measure of grace toward each other.
Sometimes, we are critical when we should show compassion.
Sometimes we complain when we should offer comfort.
Sometimes we criticize when we should cheer.
Today God is challenging us. He is beckoning us to come up to higher ground. He is calling us to a place of self-examination. If we can acknowledge where WE are, it will leave little time for us to scrutinize the flaws in the lives of others.
There is still work to be done in each of us. Nonetheless, the opening Scripture encourages us that God has the ability and intends to complete what He started in each of our lives. We simply must be willing to submit to the process…even when we do not fully understand it.
Lord, Thank you for loving me right where I am. Help me to be content in the state that I am in…until you see fit to change my circumstances. And while I am in this place, help me to celebrate others right where they are as well. In Jesus’ Name. Amen