2015-04-22 - God's Plan, Not Ours
There are times we have a preconceived notion of how God should work out his plan, and whom he will use to accomplish it. I am no different, when it comes to imagining whom he may or may not use, including myself or those around me. I mean, if Moses doubted his ability to carry out God’s wishes effectively, then who am I to think that my part of his plan could even be remotely interesting? But here I am, also made in the Creator’s image, and put here for a reason. And yet I have heard stipulations of who is fit to do this, and heard that taught by people who are as flawed as the ones written about all over the Bible, which are clearly used to achieve the goals of a most powerful being who just has to speak and make something happen in His name. Think about the fact that no other action is required by God, than to speak, for his thought to literally be completed. Since I cannot do that, it may be best for me to look at what words he used and whom he spoke through to fulfill his plan, forgetting my own preconceived notions.
A dear friend of mine took an unusual path, that led her to become the pastor of two small churches in a rural area for about five years. To me, what was most unusual about it is that she didn’t necessarily see herself in that role, prior to it happening. Having had a couple of pastors in my own family history, it seemed that very often there was at least an inkling of it along the way. In her case, although being a woman of faith and coming from a home of faith, I don’t think it ever occurred to her that’s where God would eventually place her. Yet, all that had transpired in her life, before that point, was preparation for his plan coming to fruition. There were many unlikely places that God’s glory is found in the Bible. Many were people which God filled with gifts to glorify him. And in addition to their gift, was their ability to reach a certain group of people, due to their own connection with them. The Samaritan woman at the well, dealing with her personal relationship struggles, would be able to reach an entirely different group than Paul - who was a man who now fought for God’s people, rather than once killing them. God uses men, women and children in a variety of ways to show his sovereignty.
My friend has a wonderful gift of listening, empathizing and letting God pull his thoughts about their situation from her mind, to give them comfort. Much of what has taken place in her life has led her to slow down and take note of things that she maybe once had only very briefly observed. I know she would never compare herself to any of God’s mighty leaders, yet like Moses, she often now feels as though she is stumbling literally and figuratively through thoughts and words, trying to allow the spirit to move as God intends. She doesn’t see what I have seen, especially more recently over the last several months. And what a shame for us to miss out on God’s blessings because of how we think His love should look and be presented to us. What I have seen first-hand is proof of how he takes all of our weak vessels, and exploits them, to verify that his glory reigns and always will. He uses the tired, hungry, injured, emotionally and physically battered to help others heal spiritually. Through that process, we are shown how anything is possible, when placed in His loving hands. I am so grateful for her continued willingness to allow God to work in and through her, in spite of any people’s doubts or even her own along the way, as she has traveled most recently, through a physically and emotionally difficult path. Are you letting him work through you? To God be the glory!!
“But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God? “Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it, ‘Why did you make me like this?’” Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use?” (Romans 9:20-21 NIV)
All scripture references are from the King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted.