I have a brand new opportunity starting Monday that I can’t wait to tell you about. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for about five years now – sort of a dream of mine. And now I get to do it!
But I have to tell you – I’m scared. I’m terrified I won’t be able to handle the new tasks. I’m worried I won’t have what it takes to make this thing successful. But everything I’ve worked on over the last five years has been preparation for this new opportunity. I’m about as prepared as I can get.
But when I look back to where I was five years ago, I notice something interesting. I wouldn’t have been ok with waiting five years for this opportunity to happen. I wanted it right then. I saw other people living my dream and envied them. “Why can’t I do what they do? They aren’t any more deserving of this opportunity than I am.”
Oh, the arrogance and oh, the ignorance. I’m barely able to process this new opportunity now. I can’t even imagine if this opportunity had been placed in my lap back then. It would have been like giving a toddler a nuclear submarine. Sure, it seems glamorous…but the kid either doesn’t know how to turn the dang thing on…or worse…he drives it straight to the bottom of the oceans and kills himself.
When I look back I’m glad I didn’t try to make my dream happen on my own. I’m glad I put my head down and was faithful at the things God was calling me to right then. I never thought I’d get this opportunity. But because I was faithful in (I didn’t know this then) the preparation, God was able to make it happen when the time was right.
I encourage you…that dream…it doesn’t need to die. But you can give God time to work it out when it’s right. Be faithful where you are. Don’t envy those who live where you want to be. Do what you do and let God prepare you for what He wants you to do.