My love of sports and all the strategic plays that go with sports is a favorite of mine. Football especially, really speaks to my love of a strategic mindset.
The Pass Play has been given and now it is time to execute.
However, many sequences must occur before the ball can actually be thrown. The receiver must now get ready to catch the ball. While he is doing that, the quarterback must hold his position while the play develops.
He cannot throw the ball too quick or the receiver won't be ready, or if he is too late the receiver will be covered losing the opportunity for completion of the pass. The quarterback must let the play develop no matter how threatened he feels or how close his opponents get.
He may find himself in danger of being tackled and he may have to scramble in order to get the chance to complete the pass. So many things can go wrong very quickly, the quarterback must be quick on his feet and be able to make the adjustments needed for success.
If we run ahead of God then He won't be ready for us or if we wait too long to act then we miss out on being His hands and feet
In life, we find that God Himself has a plan.
He calls in the play and now it is our job to be ready to receive that which He has planned out. Often, we don't know how to prepare for what God has for us, but through prayer and His word, we can always be flexible and ready.
We have to let the play develop.
If we run ahead of God, then He won't be ready for us, or if we wait too long to act then we miss out on being His hands and feet. The specific timing of the play is crucial and even though the threats may be coming at us, we must be ready to receive that which God has for us.
Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall
strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord. Psalm 27:14
The Lord DOESN'T need us to fulfill His purpose.
We need to know that He is present in our lives and that He wants to use us which often comes through service to Him. Even if it is being his hands and feet in a special way that only He knows.
Hebrews 12:2 reminds us to be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. You just never know if you are serving God's angels so always serve as if you are.
Always be ready to serve anyone, anywhere, and in whatever God is leading you to do so. God knows the play and He Himself knows the end goal; we must just be ready.
So, when you know the plan is ready, know where you are supposed to be, know what the Lord is asking of you, and through reading His word and praying, you can be ready when the plan develops.