He hath made everything beautiful in his time: also, he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:11
God’s creation is perfect. It’s fascinating to watch a caterpillar go through the stages to become a butterfly. We go through many stages in life. Metamorphosis has four stages: Egg, Larva, Pupa, and Adult. When the caterpillar (immature larva) are birthed they need to eat a lot. The mother is careful to lay her eggs on the leaf that she wants her children to eat from, because that is the very leaf the caterpillar will learn to eat and grow from (Proverbs 22:6). In the Pupa stage the caterpillar is fully grown and then starts transforming. At the Adult stage, they come out of their Pupa and learn to spread their wings, as they are used to being in limited space, protected from the outside environment while they transform. Eventually they will soar beautifully! We cannot rush God’s process. We are not only developing for ministries; we are in practice for eternity in heaven! If we cannot learn to worship God here, we will never worship Him in heaven. There is a time and a season for everything (Ecc 3:1).
On a long trip a child often asks the question, “are we there yet?” Sometimes we want to get to where God is taking us quickly, but God is more interested in the journey than the destination. He wants to walk with us. He never reveals the end in the beginning, we just trust that in His time the vision will become clearer. It’s like transition lenses, your eyes need time to adjust. A woman must go through nine months before she can give birth to a baby. The baby needs time to develop and bond with its mother before entering the world. Our relationship with Jesus is more important than ministry. David knew at a young age that he would be king, but it was a long road (1 Samuel 16:12-13). When the student is ready the teacher appears! God taught David how to protect the sheep from lions and bears in training for his battle with Goliath. His shepherd days were crucial, as well as learning to submit to and serve Saul. Do not despise small beginnings (Zechariah 4:10). Some of us have huge goals, and that’s great! We serve a huge God! But, before we head out on that life changing mission trip, why don’t we start by visiting our neighbors? The journey starts here.