This is certainly a stormy time hence the need for every person to re-examine their purpose and passion. It is wisely said that passion is that internal motivation to keep going in the right direction when external rewards drop out of sight. How true this is at such a time! As Robert Stevenson says, we should all “go on in fortune and misfortune like a clock in a thunderstorm”.
Since March, I have been reminding myself of the times when I was in difficulties or faced unexpected happenings and felt really fearful or worried, and how today I am much better in my view of people and situations because of the lessons learned during the storms.
As we move into what I hear being referred to as our “new normal” there is a need to allow ourselves to recall God’s enablement in hard times in the past. Indeed, as Louisa May Alcott says: “I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
A few weeks ago, I shared with some of my friends something titled ‘Enabled to Endure’ and quoted our Saviour in John 16:33: “In the world, you shall have tribulation but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” I have learned that “all things are working together for good” (Romans 8:28) can best be embraced from God’s perspective.
One clear example is when Hananiwas on a timely mission as recorded in the book of Nehemiah. It was by divine providence that he brought news of the state of Jerusalem to the very man God had already chosen to carry out His restoration work. I am sure God was at work to bring Nehemiah the information needed for him to fulfil his destiny.
In Discovering your Passion, Bill Peel writes: “God is at work in the same way today both within our hearts and behind the scenes of our lives –orchestrating events and directing people to bring us to the place He wants us to be. He is weaving a beautiful tapestry of events in our lives to lead us along supernaturally and He never drops a stitch.”
It is said that whoever truly embarks on what God would have him or her do experiences the satisfaction of work well done. It was Oliver Wendell Holmes who said: “Most people go to the grave with their music still inside them.”
I think in these difficult times, one would do well to ask: What specifically can I do to make a difference? During Saul’s encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus (Acts 9:6), he asked: “Lord, what will you have me do?”
In this crisis, what would God have you and me do? As Benjamin Disraeli said, the secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes.
The writer is the senior pastor of Kenya Assemblies of God in Githurai 44, Nairobi. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org