This is a tale of determination and how God uses it to help us fulfill the desires of our heart...
The day before yesterday I started on a writing project and was using this pencil to make notes. At the end of the day I could not find it. I looked under everything on top of my desk, on the floor, even in the drawers in the desk. I was completely flummoxed....and frustrated. It wasn't that I didn't have more pencils, it was "how in the world could I have lost it?!" The eraser on top surely would have kept it from rolling away too far. The search left me feeling frustrated so I eventually gave up and got a new pencil.
Then yesterday I was trying to close one of the drawers in the filing cabinet next to my desk when it would not move. This drawer has a history of losing it's wooden rail so I knew what to do....
I had to go get the flashlight and hammer (more frustration for the interruption in working on my project), get down on my knees, place the flashlight so it would shine on the staple holes, I had to position the staples into the holes with one hand and hammer with the other while in a very small space. Finally! Success! I stood up, grabbed hold of the drawer to put it back in and look what I found....
How in the world did it end up in THAT drawer?!
I was quick to understand what God was wanting me to really see in all this. It was so obvious! I often get frustrated when things don't go the way I want/think they should. My determination to complete some goal is very strong and I will expend a lot of effort sometimes to achieve it. But when I still don't meet with success I usually come away feeling defeated. What I learned yesterday is that sometimes, in order to get what we want, we have to attend to what is right in front us....find the right tools, then get down on our knees and take care of matters that have nothing to do with our goal.....and in the process discover the very thing we were looking for.
Now....I wonder where that long-ago photograph is hiding that I need for my project?!
Father, thank you for this object lesson to remind me that I am not alone in achieving the goals You have in mind for me. I just need to put my hand in Your Hand and You will take care of the rest.
Link to scripture: Psalm 37:4