In this moment and in this place.
It’s hard to feel it when we’re not where we want to be. But it’s true: and that truth gives us strength to do what we can, where we can. Where we’ve been put.
A boring job.
A relationship where every conversation is a struggle.
A sick bed.
This is not where I belong. This is not the way it was meant to be.
But when you’ve prayed about it and you’ve pushed on those doors and you’re still in the same place, you start to ask:
what if this is the answer to my prayer?
and what if, for the moment at least, this is exactly where I’m meant to be?
The disciple John, writing alone in a prison in Patmos.
The prophet Elijah, weeping in desperation and exhaustion on the floor of a cave.
The mother of Jesus, weeping at the foot of the cross.
Surrounded by bills and dirty nappies
Recovering from an eating disorder or an addiction
Queuing for another interview
Praying for a break.
God may change your situation. But this time is not a mistake. He is using it and He is using you. In His hands, nothing is wasted.