The story of Joseph has always been one of my favorites, because it spans so many years. He ultimately became a great leader, but he had to endure much hardship and preparation before he arrived at that place of blessing and prominence.
I can relate. Can you?
I’ve shared a little of my experience at Proverbs 31 SheSpeaks conference, about the cancer of comparison and how we should cheer each other on instead, and my mishap when I fell in front of Lysa TerKeurst.
There is so much more I could share, but I’ll finish my recap with one more lesson learned.
I so appreciate that last post from Madison about changing seasons, because that’s what life is all about. Seasons of sorrow and seasons of joy. Seasons of simplicity and seasons of growth. Seasons of preparation and seasons of blessing.
And there are seasons where God asks us to sit back so others can take the lead.
Suzie Eller gave an inspiring message to close out the conference. She said that sometimes, we need to gracefully step aside. Choked with emotion, she shared how last spring, God asked her to step away from Proverbs 31 to pursue other tasks in the background.
She said “Our need to be known pales in comparison to the needs of others before us.” She told us that there will be times when we are called to the spotlight, and times when we will be called to the back pew. But both are equally valuable, if that’s where God wants us.
Like Joseph, we may be given tasks that feel important (running Potiphar’s house) or not so important (interpreting dreams from prison). Whether we are doing something grand that impacts multiple people, or something small that encourages few, God needs a willing servant, because nothing is too small for Him.
As we raised our voices in songs of worship one last time, God gently spoke to my heart. He said “Jen, now is not your turn. Your turn is coming, but right now it’s not your turn.”
So I came home with prayers on my lips for guidance in where I could serve others, who needed my support, what encouragement I could give. I choose to submit to the back row and be happy there, because right now, someone else is on God’s heart.
And I want to be okay waiting my turn.