So Elijah went from there and found Elisha son of Shaphat. He was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen, and he himself was driving the twelfth pair. Elijah went up to him and threw his cloak around him.” (1 Kings 19:19)
Are you in search of your calling? Possibly even wondering if you’ve missed your calling?
When I meet with a group of young people, I’ll often tell them, “Ask me anything,” and the concept of calling always comes up. “How do I know my calling? How do I step into my calling?”
And I always tell them, “Your attitude and approach toward what you’re doing now is more important than your speculation about what’s next.”
Elisha wasn’t necessarily looking for his “calling.” He was simply completing a simple assignment in his current season of life. And God knew how to find him. He knew Elisha was in a field plowing.
Now maybe you’re thinking, “How could plowing have prepared him for prophecy?” Elisha may have been tilling hard dirt, but he would soon be tilling hard hearts.
There’s always a connection between what you’re doing now and what you’ll be doing next. Faith enables you to believe this even when you can’t see it.
Where did Elijah find Elisha? He found him in the field. The mundane preceded the miraculous.
Have you been tempted to fantasize about what might be next and neglect what God is doing now? If so, you may be short-circuiting the process that God is using to prepare you for the promise.
What you need for the next season is what God is doing now.
~ Thomas Joel Trevino