Awhile back I was thinking to when my wife and I used to pull into a parking lot and playfully say that God had given us a front row parking spot when we found one open. This was especially funny at church because we would joke about how we must be the only ones praying for a spot or that our prayers must be more holy than everyone else’s. Of course, there are many holes in this theology beyond the more obvious that God is not a magic gene or lucky rabbit’s foot.
If anything, God’s people are usually called to the back of the line so that there is room for the stranger at the front. The real truth is that in God’s economy there is more than enough room and every spot is at the front.
When we find ourselves getting worked up and thinking that we will be left out, that is when we start racing past others and demanding that we get our share. Some might even lie and cheat if they get desperate enough. But an authentic faith is one that knows we won’t be left out. Our turn will come, but we would all do well to remember that there may be times the front spot opens and we are called to pass it by because it is for another. Today my challenge it to look for just such times- Search for moments that you can pass the front spot and then just see what God might have for you.