I‘ve wasted a lot of time waiting on somedays: Someday I’ll make a workable cleaning schedule and then we’ll have company more often. Someday I’ll become a morning person and have quiet devotionals and get things accomplished before everyone else gets out of bed. Someday I’ll take a class on graphic design and create the things floating around in my head. Someday we’ll have more money and . . .
The list goes on.
Do you wait for somedays? What do yours look like?
Someday we’ll have a house that’s big enough for entertaining.
Someday I’ll have children and be a stay at home mom.
Someday the kids will be older and I won’t be so tired.
Someday the kids will be grown and I’ll do all those things I’ve waited to do.
Someday I’ll have a bigger blog and more opportunities will come from it.
Someday I’ll write a book and then I’ll consider myself a real writer.
Do you see yourself in any of these somedays?
Planning ahead isn’t a bad thing. God has plans for us, as he tells us in Jeremiah 29:11
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Although God has a future planned for us, I don’t think there are periods when we’re supposed to be in a holding pattern, waiting for those “somedays” before we dive in and do the work he’s put in front of us.
If you always think of yourself as a work in progress, when will you consider yourself ready to accomplish anything?
Years ago my children and I arrived at an early morning event with our homeschool group. This was when my kids were little and a new one was born about every two years. That period was a blur of swollen belly and ankles; babies nursing through the night; diaper changes; and arms strong from carrying infant car seats. I’d fixed my hair and makeup and all of the kids wore shoes and clean clothes—a victory!
Afterwards a couple of young mothers told me of their struggle: they desired more children, but didn’t know if they could do it, if they could handle the strain of the day-to-day and still hang onto their sanity.
My family’s presence that day—the fact that the kids and I looked happy and reasonably put together—was just what they needed to see. It gave them hope that the seemingly impossible might be possible after all.
God used me to encourage these women when I was knee-deep in financial worries, sleep deprivation, and dreaming of those mythical somedays ahead, living in a state of minute-to-minute dependence on him. In 2 Corinthians 12:9 he tells us:
My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.
God doesn’t need our strength or worldly success in order to use us. In fact, those things might fool others—or us—into thinking that the credit is ours instead of his.
You don’t need a bigger house before you can welcome others to your home. You don’t need a large readership for your words to encourage. You don’t need children of your own to find souls in need of nurturing.
Be satisfied with the gifts and circumstances that God’s given you right here, right now, and use them to his glory.
What somedays are you waiting for?
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