It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the survivors of Israel; I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth. Isaiah 49:6
You had plans.
Since your college days, you had this plan. To serve God through building and sustaining a community of disciples in your locality. The blueprint is stable, you said. It can be done. Why not? You have the support of brothers and sisters. You have the skills through years of training and experience. You have the assistance of a bigger community who pledged their pastoral and administrative help for your plan. Your family is with you on this. Your profession even gives you the time to do your ministry. For the past years, you have been building this. You started with college kids. You jumped into the single professionals’ ministry. So, what’s next in line? The bigger community of disciples, which you pictured in your mind and in your heart.
And God? He has other plans.
God thought, it is too small for you to stick to your plan. God thought, it is too little for his grace for you to implement your scheme. He brought you to another nation, full expenses paid. He gave you a good profession. He gave you a ministry. He blessed you with people who support you. He showered you with this amateur writing skill to reach the broader space out there. He gave you a community and a venue where you can talk about him at the city that never sleeps.
That’s why you can relate with what Isaiah heard from the Planner, “It is too little, he says, for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the survivors of Israel; I will make you a light to the nations, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6
Always be ready when God’s plans unfold. Be prepared to swap your personal plans with his. Have faith in him and have courage through him, to follow his plans.
When your plans are too little for him, God gives you his big time.