I constantly struggle with being content in my current circumstances. I hope and believe that what we are doing here will pay off in the future, but keeping that in perspective now can be incredibly difficult. I sure do miss my friends and family in the South, and having a job at my beloved Southern Miss before coming here made it all the harder to leave. With the holidays approaching, it is all the more a reminder that we live so far away from most of the people we love. As seems to always happen, I got a little reminder at just the right time that we need to be content in all circumstance and work for good where we are. This was The Upper Room’s devotional yesterday:
Four young men in their prime were forcibly removed from their homeland and taken to a foreign, heathen kingdom. Not only were they of noble blood; each one was gifted with intelligence and wisdom. Daniel, one of the young men, had the ability to understand dreams and visions. And it’s clear from today’s reading that these talents were given by God. Amazingly, the young men entered the king’s service and remained there throughout Nebuchadnezzar’s reign. We know from the story in the Book of Daniel that these young men remained loyal in prayer and worship, serving God even while under the authority of a heathen king, even when in danger from lions or fire. How often do we find ourselves wishing we were in a different set of circumstances? We may feel sure that we could be far more productive in a different job, a different state, a different country, or a different church. Sometimes we dream of an ideal situation in which we could serve God fully. But the lesson from these young men who could do nothing but wait on God is to serve wherever we are, in whatever circumstances, to the best of our ability. If we are willing servants, God can use us for divine purpose anywhere.
A good and timely remind for me, and I’m sure for many of us.