As a special education teacher, many of my students have a clinical diagnosis of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), which basically means they can’t sit still for very long and have difficulty focusing on one task. I know experts say “they’re” over-diagnosing kids and putting them on medicine unnecessarily, but I am a witness that there are some children who do in fact have this condition. No matter how many times I say, stay, they go. No matter how many times they ask me the directions and I repeat myself, they still do the opposite. As adults, many of us display these same symptoms when God tells us to stay in a particular situation.
Stay at that job. Stay at that school. Stay in that class. Stay in that church. Stay in that marriage. Stay there. No matter how many distractions come your way, stay where God placed you. I repeat, stay where GOD placed you. We’re always ready to chase a dream, chase a purpose, chase a career, chase a man, we just chase whatever, but sometimes God is telling us to run in place. He’s preparing us for where we’re going. If you’re like me, sometimes you seek God for guidance, AFTER you’ve made up in your mind what you’re going to do. This is nothing new for God. The remnant of Judah had already decided to go to Egypt where they thought it was safe, consulted God on the back end, only for Him to tell them to stay put (Jeremiah 42). Just like us sometimes, they didn’t listen and destruction met them in Egypt just like God said it would.
We think better is somewhere else, when instead it’s right where we are. I believe God has big plans for my life and He is taking me places and I also believe He has plans for where I am right now. Don’t take for granted what God has already given you because your eyes are fixed somewhere else. My students notice every sound and movement outside of themselves. They often have a hard time simply being who they are, where they are, missing out on important details and moments. These same students with medicine, in some cases, a lot of redirection, and a lot of opportunities to get it right, find a way to be where they belong. Trust God with where He has you, and stay there, come what may. It may not be comfortable, it may be contradictory to YOUR plan, it may take too long in your opinion, but we can never go wrong being obedient to what God is telling us to do. So if He’s telling you to stay there, stay there.
Jeremiah 42:10 If ye will still abide in this land, then will I build you, and not pull you down, and I will plant you, and not pluck you up: for I repent me of the evil that I have done unto you.