If you are like me, you want answers. And you want them now. About a multitude of things.
When will I get the job? When will I finally move out of my parents’ house? Will I get into a good school? Who will I marry? Will I get married? Why am I so emotional? Why do I think about me so much?
I just moved to Nashville exactly a month ago today. I have nothing “figured out” about my life, as far as it’s moving forward to what I think the Lord is calling me to do vocationally. The moment I moved up here, I thought, “What a dummy. What am I doing here, again?” Naturally, I want answers and guidance.
I have struggled, agonized, over all of the questions above at some point in my life. The list is pretty much endless for all of us, I’m sure. But the last one is the one that really stings – the one about thinking about me – and makes me question why I’ve posed all the other questions to God, and to others (sorry…) so endlessly. Even that question’s about me!
But, by God’s exquisite grace, which we shall never tire of or exhaust, it has been a good, jobless month for me. I’m convinced that’s only because HE is so good. And tonight, He invited me to a new perspective by asking me a question this time:
“What do you see?”
It came through a young woman helping lead the Bible study I just joined. Tonight was our first meeting. We are studying Living By the Book by Howard and William Hendricks. It’s all about how to study the Bible, passage by passage, with the classic method: 1) Observation 2) Interpretation and 3) Application.
Observation. It’s a year-long study, and we’re spending half of it on step 1.
Most of the time in life, I so want to just jump ahead to knowing. I want to know meaning. I want to know what to do. Today, this weekend, next year. But those things are interpretation and application. And, as with Scripture, they will be meaningless and useless to us if we have failed to properly and carefully observe what’s there, staring us in the face.
It’s simple. What do you see? What do you see around you? What do you see outside of yourself? In other people’s lives? There is so much value in introspection. But we go there way too often. And for me, it can quickly turn into self-pity.
So this is what I want to do: observe. I want to look around this city, this community where I live. I want to see need. I want to see the problems. I want to see the triumphs. I want to see where He’s moving. I want to know people, and love them. And He will, He will, give wisdom to you and me and guidance to you and me. He delights to! He’s too much about His glory and about our joy to give anything less.
“If any of you lacks wisdom, let Him ask God, who gives generously to all without doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.” – James 1:5-8
If you believe His word, you have no other choice than to take Him at it. He gave us His Son, who is wisdom, and with Him He will graciously give us all things. So relax, look at Him, and look around. Practice seeing.