Far too often I am extremely confident in my knowledge of the situation, what exactly is needed, and my potential role in filling that need. Without wanting to pull myself through the emotional mud yet again, my confidence has on occasion been misplaced! Too certain of the facts, too optimistic as to what could be done, and far more sure than others that I had the ability to take it on were key aspects of a disaster cake in the making.
Wisdom comes along and puts things into perspective. “Don’t work yourself into the spotlight; don’t push your way into the place of prominence. It’s better to be promoted to a place of honor than face humiliation by being demoted.” (Proverbs 25.6, 7)
The reflection that I keep coming back to is one of push versus pull. Do I push myself, or my views, or my solutions into the need or opportunity? Is the alternative of letting God and God through others gently pull me into the situation one that is far more viable? Realizing that there are exceptions, responding to the call of others may be the missing confirmation that the analysis, action plan, and commitment are aligned with the need and opportunity! Without this, unless one is severely convicted on what platform of strength do you stand? From a reflective position it looks like I am choosing between God’s foundation and my own opinion/intuition. This makes it a very easy choice.
The rub comes in living this view out. Patience is not one of my natural strengths. Looking to be led versus pushing out to lead is counterintuitive. Being versus doing can be, for me, very stressful. Yet if I want to be successful, really successful there is not other alternative! The choice is my strength versus God and God’s army’s might. In the cold light of day the difference seems obvious.
Each day is an opportunity for us to let God pull us in the right direction. Sounds complex yet it all starts with your and my “yes” to God’s Spirit.