Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Putting Me In My Place

In a game of chess, the players plan ahead the moves and actions of each piece. Over the last few weeks, I've been thinking a lot about God's sovereignty in placing me where I am supposed to be.

Along these lines, I read a popular passage in the book of Esther...
"...and who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"
(Esther 4:14 ESV)

In thinking back through the many places and positions in my past, it's easy to see how God orchestrated the circumstances of my life much like moving chess pieces. Many times I didn't like where I was or what I was doing. I often felt frustrated or fearful. But all along, God knew what He was doing.

I've realized two things about the 'Grand Chess Master'...

First, God puts me in places where He can make the most of my skills, background or knowledge. In every position I've held, God has given me opportunities to use what I have to make a difference. God uses me when I make myself available to Him.

Secondly, God uses each place or position as 'building blocks'. He allows me to learn in those environments so that I am prepared for what's coming next. God always knows what I need to experience and where I need to be.

I am learning to trust that God will use me wherever I am and get me ready for whatever I face.

Chess anyone?