I heard it said, those who are called are never uncalled. That statement really struck me because I’ve been in a season of transition these last few years. I went from a hands-on mother and college professor to an author and ministry volunteer. My last child will be entering college this fall, and I have been searching for what the Lord has for me now.
I have always felt called to help others. Others have said, I have a nurturing heart, yet I always doubted how my empathic nature could serve the Lord. I tried to be the kind of mother that my daughters could always come to with anything and feel unconditional love. I have tried to be the college professor that had high expectations for her students yet understood the individual and cared about them. As a wife, I’ve wanted to be good, supportive partner while pursuing life as me.
Yet it’s that “life” as just Lynnette, servant to the Lord, that I have not figured out. What do I have to offer the Lord? I weep easily. I get overwhelmed quickly. I struggle with depression and anxiety. I am insecure. I lack patience. I could go on and on. However, what I have learned in these transitional years is that the Lord wastes nothing.
He doesn’t waste one day. Constantly He gives us experiences to learn and grow. It’s in the little things like taking the trash to the curb so my husband doesn’t have to. It’s organizing my daughter’s closet so she learns how. It’s calling my college daughter and listening to her as she details every moment of the last five hours since we texted earlier. It’s taking time to share pray requests and invite others to come and fellowship together. It’s taking that late-night call from a friend whose daughter is just entering into the teenage years. It’s time to comfort my mother when she’s sick. So many moments I had thought were wasted because I was not doing something for the Lord’s kingdom. God knew who He created when He made me Lynnette. He knew the daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, and servant I would become.
I now know the Lord created me with special skills that only I can share. The Lord gave me experiences that I can draw on to comfort, encourage, and love on others. I have learned and continue to learn who the Lord created in me. I do not know all the Lord has for me or where my life with Jesus will take me, but I know He does. Finally, I am secure in who I am. I am His.
Romans 8:28-30 (NIV) says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.
If you are feeling like you don’t know what you’re doing in this world, or what you’ll do next, look no further than to the one who created you. God knows the plans He has for you. Call on Him, seek Him and He promises to be there for you.
Finally, see who God created YOU to be.
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