Do you ever hear songs on the radio, quotes from a speaker, read passages from a book…where you think, “That is so me!”? I did that a ton in my teenage years…
-Clearly, Alanis Morisette’s “Ironic” was totally about my dramatic life.
-KC & Jojo’s “All My Life” was definitely the song made for me and my boyfriend.
-Watching Friends on TV was obviously going to be me in 10 years.
I definitely don’t do this anymore. Nope, not me. I am much more mature in my old age.
If I DID still think like that, I might just maybe think the below devotional from Proverbs 31 Ministries was written specifically for me! I also might possibly think that God had the author write this one with me in mind.
Hope you enjoy. Such a good reminder that God IS who He says He is…and has the perfect plan for each of our lives.
In short, “Mary, don’t worry about it!”
17 Mar 2010
“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)
In 1988 I entered Southern Methodist University School of Law. I invested three years of my life studying day and night so I could make law review, graduate in the top of my class, and land a job with a large Dallas firm. It all happened just the way I planned … making law review, graduating in the top 10 percent, and landing that big downtown job. It was a good thing too because my husband and I went into debt for that education. But no worries. I got the high paying job I wanted.
I spent the next year applying all that I had learned, working day and night, researching and writing legal briefs. My long hours pa id off as I began arguing cases before local, state, and eventually federal court judges. I even had the honor and privilege of writing a brief that went before the Supreme Court of the United States of America.
But in the end, I hated it.
After investing thousands of dollars in my education and thousands of hours researching, writing, and arguing, I hated it. At age 28, I remember saying, “Lord, why do You have me here? I find no joy in what I do. What is it You want me to do? And, Lord, what about all this debt?”
I had no idea the wonderful way in which God would answer those questions. Twenty years later, those research skills taught me the methods that I now use to study and break apart God’s Word. Arguing before judges prepared me for the speaking and teaching He has called me to. The writing skills prepared me for writing a book that tells an amazing story of God’s hope and healing in the midst of difficult circumstances.
Now in my 40s, I realize that God created me not to be a lawyer, but to be a Bible teacher. He has called me to break apart His Word and teach it. There were steps along the way that I do not understand. There is a debt we still need to repay. But God has been faithful.
Friend, if you have landed here today wondering what in the world God wants to do with your life, I want you to know one thing. Not a single thing in your life will be wasted. God will use your past and your present to prepare you for your future. He has a beautiful plan … a call on your life. He is waiting to reveal it to you.
Jeremiah 1:5 says, “I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as My prophet to the nation” (NLT).
Psalm 139:16 says, “You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed” (NLT).
Sweet friend, God brought you here today. He wants to remind you of a precious Truth. Hear it and never forget it…before time began, before God spoke the world into being…He had you in His heart. God chose you to be His child. God has a perfect plan for your life. No one else has your plan, your family, your gifts, your talents, your heart, your education, your past, and your present … NO ONE.
He chose you to use you to do great things for His Kingdom … things that only you can do.
He is preparing you…even now.
But to be used by God, you must TRUST Him with your past; BELIEVE Him for your future; BELIEVE He has a plan for you; SURRENDER your life to His Plan, and BELIEVE He will equip you to do what He has called you to do.