I Have Decided – Proverbs 19

Today’s post comes from Amy Dragotta, Connect Group Coach at C3. 

Today’s Reading: Proverbs 19

Today’s Key Scripture: Proverbs 19:2 “Zeal without knowledge is not good; a person who moves too quickly may go the wrong way.”

My husband and I have always had a heart for missions. We started doing short term mission trips together in our teens, and after doing a long term trip as newlyweds, we both knew that one day God would call us to the mission field. I am naturally a go-getter. I often jump into things head first with “zeal.” My husband, on the other hand, is much more calm and calculated. He likes to plan for things and know as much as possible before diving in. I have been yearning to move overseas and start our life as missionaries together, but my husband has been saying for years that we would just KNOW when we are called. Recently, while taking a trip to South Africa with the C3 women’s team, a missionary there, without even knowing my tendency to jump in head first, talked to me about the importance of doing things in God’s timing. He explained how God uses circumstances in our lives to prepare us for our calling later on. While in Africa, I witnessed a child with special needs take his very first steps, and I realized that I’ve been missing the preparation phase for many years now. I’ve been so focused on my future plans, that I’ve missed the situations God has been using to prepare me for His greater cause later on. You see, God led me to be a special needs teacher, he called me to work in the Open Arms ministry at C3, and he gave me a heart, especially for people with special needs, in other countries who are often mistreated or ignored. God is building my “hand” with all of these experiences so I can use them to His glory later on, but if my zeal boosted me to a place where God wasn’t ready for me to be yet, I would fail. I might gain some knowledge along the way, but what God really needs me to do is wait for His timing so He can grow that knowledge into wisdom. Knowledge may allow me to gain the facts, but wisdom is applying God’s truth so I can fulfill His destiny for my life.

Are you full of zeal like me? We often jump in and miss God’s timing. I’ve learned to slow down and listen for the Holy Spirit…I’ve learned to spend more time in God’s word; that is where the Holy Spirit gives me insight about my destiny.

Are you more of a planner like my husband? He takes things slower to gain knowledge along the way.  We don’t need to sit around waiting though. God gave us gifts and talents that we can use right now, serving right where we are. When we are glorifying Him by humbly displaying a servant’s heart, we are gaining God’s wisdom in our lives, and He will use this later to fulfill our destiny.

Prayer Focus: Dear God, Thank you for your bottomless grace when we often jump into things too soon. Please give us a zeal for life that shines for all to see, but also help us to slow down and listen for your calling so that we may walk along your path. Amen.