Friday, August 3, 2007

Purpose


When I was 18-- God called me into the ministry. And, because of how I viewed that word and all that it did not involve--I said, no way. But, our God is faithful and when He assigns a job--He does not take that responsibility back.

Now as I have grown in my relationship with God I am glad that He chose me for whatever purpose He may have. I wish I knew exactly what His plans are. I used to think I did. But as I continue to walk, that purpose is becoming more hazy.

I was becoming a little concerned about this. I thought maybe I wasn't keyed in. Or maybe I was walking in the wrong direction. And then this morning while reading Mr Chambers, God gave me a little breathing room.

Here is a little from that devotion.......

We are not taken into a conscious agreement with God's purpose--we are taken into God's purpose with no awareness of it at all. We have no idea what God's goal my be; as we continue, His purpose becomes even more and more vague. God's aim appears to have missed the mark, because we are too nearsighted to see the target at which He is aiming. At the beginning of the Christian life, we have our own ideas as to what God's purpose is. We say, "God means for me to go over there," and, "God has called me to do this special work." We do what we think is right, and yet the compelling purpose of God remains upon us. The work we do is of no account when compared with the compelling purpose of God. It is simply the scaffolding surrounding His work and His plan.
I love the last sentence in the quote. My husband has a company that does masonry work. They have all kinds of tools to do this job. One of their major requirements for most jobs they do is-- scaffolding. Now most of us may not think much about this. We think, well, of course they need those metal pieces to be able to get to the higher areas. True. But, did you know that there is planning that goes into the placement of that equipment. It has to be set up in specific spots to be ready for the job that is going to be performed and it has to be set up securely so that the workers will be safe while working in the air. I won't got into all the regulations about the scaffolding and the boards--you would be bored.

So, I find that my life thus far has been all about setting up scaffolding around a job that will be ready at some point in the future. When God is ready to share the final plans then I will be allowed to look at the blue prints. By the Holy Spirit, the job foreman, He has been making sure that the works have been given just enough information to keep them on tract.
Pretty cool don't you think?

So I can relax now. I don't have to worry about missing the "boat". God has a purpose and a plan. In my spirit I think the scaffolding is almost all put in place. I think He is bringing in the last of the supplies needed.
How cool is our God?

5 comments:

Jenny said...

I use to think about MY purpose. What is MY role? What am I suppose to be doing? Then I realized that I was making ME the star of the show but it's not my show. I am just a bit player in HIS show for HIS purpose. That being said, I do think that you are doing the work of ministering to others. I know that you have really helped drag me out of my funk.

Thank you for ministering to me!

Denise said...

Thanks for being who you are, because who you are, is a very sweet blessing.

CrownLaidDown said...

Very Cool! And in light of the bridge falling over the Mississippi, it is important where the scaffolding is placed. They said that they "economically" built the bridge and with the force of the Mississippi, it should have been built stronger and less economically. So our Mississippi is...the devil and his schemes. So in the midst of your purpose, God is making you strong, Girl! Your family will be built on a Rock and will be able to withstand...then you serve as you go.
Love ya!
Holly

Dee said...

Just a quick 'hello' -- been offline a lot lately. Yes, we all need to do what the Lord has called us to do. I've struggled w/ that lately -- wanting to do the things that have been placed in front of me (a meal and visit to a new (non-Christian) neighbour mom, answering spritual questions for another woman who has been placed in my life -- and yet, also do what my first calling is, to be a wife & mother. Hard to juggle it all sometimes. D

Shelly said...

Oh my sweet friend. Well, first of all I love that you said "Mr. Chambers." LOL!

And secondly, I feel this too. I've cast my plans down (well...I hope to continually) and feel so much more at peace when my ultimate purpose just becomes more of Him. I've found that as I seek His face, He ends up directing my steps in the process without me having to 'figure it out' so much. Praise Him.