No athlete that is truly passionate about his or her sport ever wants to be removed from the game. Not even for their own protection. However, due to the level of trust they have in the coaching staff and with a little reluctance they will accept the call to be sidelined. Called out. Separated from the game.
There are times in our lives God will sideline us. His purpose? To protect us.
For he will conceal me there when troubles come;
he will hide me in his sanctuary.
He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Psalm 27:5 New Living Translation
Godís protection of us can be frustrating at times. Because we canít see the full picture. We may ask, how does removing us from a situation protect us? Perhaps we feel during these times that God is not hearing and answering our prayers.
Sometimes, the way to fully understand Godís reasons for pulling us out of a situation is only by hindsight.
The job you wanted and did not get only to find the company closed a few weeks later. The relationship that ended abruptly. Later realizing that they werenít the person you thought they were.
Our challenge is to become more like the athlete. Who has some experience but not as much insight as the coaching staff. who know a little bit more. Just as he or she has to put their trust in the coach. We have to learn to put our trust in God and not force our way. God sees what we cannot.
Instead of leaning into our own limited understanding of the ways of God, we should do instead what the next verse of the Psalm instructs us to do.
Then I will hold my head high
above my enemies who surround me.
At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy,
singing and praising the Lord with music. Psalm 27:6
It may make our time on the bench a bit more enjoyable.
Sonja Burketh, Inspirational Speaker and Writer
Founder of ďDaily Moment of Thought online devotional.
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