“At that time, the Lord commanded me to teach you all the regulations and the case laws that you must keep in the land that you are entering to possess.” – Deuteronomy 4:14
It’s been well over a year since I retired. Occasionally I ask myself, “Isn’t there something important I should be doing? Teaching? Writing? Pastoring a part-time church?”
But…why always swing for the fences?
I have to remember that God calls us to do different things at different times in our lives. Moses astutely noted that “at that time” he was called to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. However, before that, he was called to lead sheep in pastures.
Regardless of great things or small things, God chooses the time and gives us unmistakable nudges, accordingly. No need to force the issue: just keep open each day to the possibility of when “that time” may be.
Personally, maybe retirement is the time of being open more for leading sheep than for leading people. It seems more appropriate to listen for God’s call in the so-called “smaller” things in life.
My wife collects and sells antiques, specializing in antique buttons. “At this time” my calling is to help her. I’ve gone from “Senior Pastor” to “Assistant Button Dealer.” My daughter says that’s a good title. I’m agreeing with her.
God may not be calling us to do great things. Looking for homeruns leads to an increased number of strikeouts. Sometimes we think more of ourselves than we should when we imagine some high, noble calling, along with the vanity of circling the bases amid the cheering crowd. Ego can do strange things to callings.
God always, though, calls us to do small things in great ways. (Maybe small things in our eyes are really great things in God’s eyes?) Hitting more singles keeps you on the bases and in the game longer than whiffing on strike three and riding the bench.
We may occasionally hit one out of the park.
But that’s for God to decide, “at that time.”