Our Good Work is sometimes hard to nail down. Its sometimes hard to decide which of the 1000 things on our plate fit into the category of divinely-appointed and which ones aren't worthy of such a designation. Sometimes, its hard to sort through the good things we are supposed to do, and the ones we need to let go of. Sometimes we are conflicted about the best things that we need to do. Sometimes have no idea if we are doing God's work or not.
Sometimes. Sometimes though, we know as clear as we know the nose on our face that we are smack dab in the middle of God's work. Sometimes we know we are in the midst of something God is doing, simply because there is no way out of it. :) Sometimes that means good, exciting things and sometimes it doesn't feel that way.
Maybe you are pregnant with a child that was "unplanned" (by you sis, not by Him :), maybe you are in new health battle, or maybe you have been handed a new task. Maybe your task is to be a loving step-mother, a graceful ex-wife, or a the wife of a man who is getting all the glory. Maybe you are the one getting the attention. Maybe you are being called to stay at home with your kids, or to go to work. Maybe you are in a marriage with struggles. Maybe you are being called (or required) to live simply. Maybe you have been called up into a leadership position. Maybe you have been called to a new place, a new job, or a new home. Maybe you are finding yourself amidst all of your dreams coming true, or maybe you aren't even close to where you thought you would ever be.
Maybe you are happy with this obvious God-plan, and maybe you aren't.
Either way, at times we may realize we are caught up in something we can't get out of whether we want to or not, but we be feel like we just don't have what we need to live it God's way. We know God is in control, so we trust this is all part of this perfect plans but we still feel ill-equipped.
I am feeling that way right now. I know that there are a number of things that God is doing in my life. I know it. I know that each of the several "big" things are God-placed, God-inspired and even God- blessed. I know they are part of my Good Work. I know that I prayed for them, I know that they are happening because God wants them to be. Right now, all my big things are good things. Even then, I feel ill-equipped for several of those things, or at least parts of several of those things.
This awareness means several things to me.
It's beyond me. It's bigger than I am. Somehow, someway this is part of God's plan for me and part of His will for my part of my network. Somehow, this fits into His puzzle. I may not understand how I fit in, but I do.
I can't say "no" to it. The task is mine; good, bad or ugly. My heart knows it. The work has been delegated and I am it. I can't say no, I can't duck out. I can't delegate it to someone else. It is mine. I can't simply take a few steps back and trust someone else will take it up. The job is yours, sista.
And finally, if both of those are true then the most important part...
I have what I need. I do. If God has me here, then I will be well equipped. I may not feel it, or can't perceive of how I will be, but I will be. God always wants to be seen through these things, whatever they are. He is always here. He loves me, He knows I am here. He says I am where He needs me to be, whether I think so or not. I may not see the resources from where I am, but they are there. Or, they will be when I need them.
Deep breath. Do the next thing He has in front of you. Do with as if it was God you were serving (cause, you are). Trust Him. Let Him use you wherever He has you.
And remember, "He is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things, at all times, having all the you need you will abound in every good work." 2 Corinthians 9:8 ...now, get to work sis!
What Good Work are you in the midst of whether you like it or not? Do share :)