When we run into people that normally we would not...there has to be a greater purpose.
We were talking to a young man who actually did just that...he applied for a job that he really never wanted to do. He knew he could do more but this is what was available at the time. He actually was disappointed that he was offered the position. Ten years later he got a call from a high school classmate who knew of his talents and abilities. They said I have already told them about you so send in your resume. A few interviews later he was hired by one of the big giants of our land.
It was only because he became known for his expertise within those 10 years at a place he never wanted to work for.
We had encountered another person who had experienced almost the same situation in obtaining a job. Someone knew him in high school. He was hired and trained. Now his skill has brought him to a place where everyone only asks for him.
Our lessons in life teach us about ourselves and who God is. Sometimes we can't see past what we want therefore we are not able to see what God has ordained and planned.
We are not to despise the steps in our lives, even if we think they are baby steps. Those baby steps can lead us to walk right into a destiny God has planned that can be much bigger than we ever dreamed or thought of.
This has nothing to do with title or position, it has to do with how God is going to use us in ways that will bring glory to His name and fulfill His plans for us.
There are reasons for each time and place we meet people and why the doors open or close. We need to get our eyes off of the here and now and look at things from God's perspective.
David tended sheep. He never dreamed of being King over Israel. Nehemiah was a cup bearer. He never dreamed of being Governor over Jerusalem. Esther was an orphan girl and never dreamed of being queen over Persia. Samuel was just a boy and did not know God had greater plans as a prophet of God. Deborah had no idea she was going to be judge over Israel and win a battle, Joshua, Moses, Abraham, Sara and the list goes on with prophets all fulfilling plans they never would think of. What about the Lord's disciples and Paul. Fishermen to fisher's of men...healing the sick and casting out demons.
Paul a mighty hater of Christians to spreading the Gospel throughout the world.
Our plans are never big enough to fit into God's purpose. He works in our hearts to align with what He is doing rather than us pursuing what we think is right. We can knock on the same door over and over but if it's not meant to be we are wasting our time and knuckles.
Sometimes we may even come against diversity or difficulties in knowing God's will. The enemy doesn't want to make it easy for us to enter into the gates of God's purpose, plans and promises. He wants us to doubt where God is taking us by throwing up road blocks of the gnarly kind. Hope is a given with believers and so is faith. Joy is part of having a thankful heart in all things.
Every person we meet is an opportunity for God to use us. We don't know if hearts will be ready to hear the Gospel or not or if seeds just need to be planted. God will use us in ways that will bring edification to people we come across. We just have to be ready and willing.
Baby steps and small beginnings are a good thing especially knowing who God is.
Then another message came to me from the Lord: 9 “Zerubbabel is the one who laid the foundation of this Temple, and he will complete it. Then you will know that the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has sent me. 10 Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin, to see the plumb line in Zerubbabel’s hand.”