Like most of you our family is busy trying to settle into our school year routine and find a rhythm that fits us well. Because our two oldest boys attend a Christian school 45 minutes away from our house, mornings start really early. I usually get showered and dressed while my wife Jenn shakes two sleepy boys awake and then fixes breakfast for our family. We make it a point now to sit and eat together at 6:15am each morning. I admit its a bit quieter than our dinners together when we are all home together.
Yesterday was a day I was out of rhythm. I have been fighting a cough and terrible cold so I didn’t want to get out of bed in the first place but I mustered the willpower to get up and get going knowing that I always feel better when I am up and moving. Around 7:00am my youngest realized that he had left his entire backpack at home by the front door. We were too far away to turn back so we stayed our course and really in first grade its not a huge deal. There was no homework in it, just a few leftover raisins and crust from a peanut butter and jelly sandwich that somehow found its way out of his lunch box and into his backpack.
It must have been around 9am that I got my first phone call from my son from this school year saying that he had forgot his lunch in the van. When eleven o’clock rolled around I drove 25 minutes to get to the school and drop off a lunch.
Many of you go through the same kind of things day in and day out. It’s life. It’s full of ups and downs, mountains and valleys, ins and outs, joys ands sorrows. It’s full of crying babies, spilled drinks, school commutes, forgotten lunches and every once in a while even crust in back-packs. It’s Life!
What if this mundane life full of routines and rhythms is not what it seems? What if your morning commute to the office today was more than a sequential set of happenings that dropped you off at your current business position. What if it’s not just happenstance? What if you were to find out that someone had planned it out and put together every circumstance in your life to bring you to right where you are. Car accidents, breakups, financial pitfalls, tragedies, joy’s, mountaintop’s, valley’s, winding turns that seem to be taking you no where. Could it be? Is it possible?
This morning as I was seeking the Lord I came across the book of I Corinthians. As I began to read I kept coming across the word “called” . Called by God and called to something specific. All throughout scripture we find God orchestrating circumstances and calling men and women to specific life circumstances. Now I don’t believe that God forces anyone hands, (and I realize that sin brings consequences that are not inline with his calling for you) however I do believe that God has called you and directed you to where you are today. Whether that place is a happy place, a frustrating place, an exciting place, a temporary place or a place you have been planted to grow, God knows where you are because you are His child and you are where you are meant to be. So stay put, find rhythm, & find the abundance of living in His will. You will find the most joy in the place He has called you.