Wrong Person, Wrong Place, Wrong Thing…….

Not supposed to be there. The words came to me today as I sat in the waiting room of a doctor’s office thinking of an evening I spent last year with someone in what seemed like the perfect person, the perfect place, and the perfect thing. But it was all wrong. It made me think. And I had plenty of time to think because waiting rooms aren’t called waiting rooms for nothing. This was one very long wait. The perfect time to reflect on how when everything seems perfectly right, it can all be perfectly wrong. It prompted me to consider asking this question. Have you ever stepped onto a stage and entered into a scene only to discover it was all an act and a show and no matter how good it looked and right it seemed and comfortable it seemed that it wasn’t where you belonged?

When you got right down to it, and became truly honest about it, did you come to find that sometimes what seems totally normal and typical and usual and commonplace by the world’s standards may just not be where God wants you to be? As I recalled stepping smoothly and deliberately and expectantly onto just such a stage and into just such a scene that by the world’s standards seemed to be perfectly normal and perfectly wonderful, I saw in retrospect how I had been completely jarred into reality. Anybody watching the stage upon which I played out that scene of my life – written and performed by me, myself, and I – would have been totally convinced it was the right person, the right place, and the right situation.

Everything about it screamed out the words, “Happily ever after”. But it was everything but. Not because there was anything wrong with the person. Not because there was anything wrong with the place. Not because there was anything wrong with the situation. It simply wasn’t where God wanted me to be. Wrong person. Wrong place. Wrong situation. For me. Why? Because it wasn’t God’s will. And no matter how fine it might have looked in my eyes, or in the eyes of the world, it wasn’t what God had ordained.

Just because a person, place, or thing, a relationship, a job, a vacation, a new house, a major change, a major decision, anything, or anyone for that matter looks right, sounds right, feels right, or seems comfortable doesn’t in any way, shape, or form, guarantee that it is the will of the Lord. His standards are not the world’s standards, His ways and His thoughts are not ours. His ways and His thoughts are always highest and best.

It’s a good practice to ask yourself this question. Is this where God wants you to be? And instead of finding your answer by looking to your own flesh, or by looking to what the world might think or expect, seek the face of the Lord. The best place to begin is in His Word. As you spend time with Him, as you study His Word, as you learn of His ways and His will for all people, take the time to get to know Him intimately and pray for Him to give you wisdom and direction and courage and strength to walk, and live, according to his Truth and His ways.

“”For My thoughts are not your thoughts,
            Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the LORD.
      9“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
            So are My ways higher than your ways
            And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9 NASB
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart
            And do not lean on your own understanding.
      6In all your ways acknowledge Him,
            And He will make your paths straight.” Proverbs 3:5-6

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