Many, Lord my God,
are the wonders you have done,
the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
they would be too many to declare.
Psalm 40:5 (NIV)
I started writing this blog, thinking, “I have no idea what I am doing.” But every week for the last three or more years, I’ve been writing a ‘weekly update,’ an email to all our extended family. Each week, I put together a little blurb about our life and send it out (with very cute pictures). Just a way to let my grandma (and whoever else might be interested) know what the kids are doing.
Then my uncle told me to start working on a blog for Porkie and Pete, so we have a way to communicate with anyone interested in the books, tell people who we are, yada yada (as we say in our family).
After I started writing the blog posts, my uncle (who is a football coach, but to me seems more like a cheerleader) offered wonderful words of encouragement, telling me how these blogs are really nice. That I have a ‘style’ of writing. And I smile all warm inside (I like my words of affirmation).
Then Mom says, “Isn’t it great you’ve had all that practice writing those family updates. It was the perfect preparation for writing a weekly blog.”
And I looked at her with my trademark-slack-jawed face (which my family calls ‘the codfish’). Because it dawned on me: God wastes nothing! I hadn’t developed a ‘writing style.’ There was no thought on my part about how I should write, I just wrote the way I’d been writing for three years. And I was in awe of what God had done in my life. He’d prepared me. As my mom spoke, I honestly had a picture in my head of God placing tiny stepping stones before my feet, and they stretched on for miles…
While we are plugging along, doing life, He is looking at everything and pulling it all together in ways that we cannot imagine, and often cannot even see until we are at the finish.
Here I am writing weekly updates for three years, and He was up there thinking, “Oh, yep. That will be great! I can use that.” And smiling at me and patting my head, because I had no clue it was preparation for anything!
I wonder what else He is preparing me for? And I am so thankful, because we have a God who does not throw us into the deep end of the pool. He prepares you. Preparation might not always be delightful, or even tolerable. It might be mundane, repetitive, or difficult. It might even seem like something that is not at all useful, but God is a lot smarter than we are. And he is piecing together all these little parts of your life, and making something beautiful. He sees where you’ve been, and knows where you are going. And if you are willing, He will grab hold of you and bring you through to do amazing things.
I am not saying that my small, little, simple example is what others might call ‘profound.’ But I believe we need to trust God with the small things, before we can successfully move on to the bigger things. And what is profound is believing that God is so in love with you, so excited about who you are, that He is willing to work in and through every part of your life. You are His creation. Planned and prepared for a reason. You have a job to do, He made you for a purpose. He is not up in heaven crossing His fingers and hoping you will figure it out on your own. He is as close to you as you will let Him be. And He is faithful. So faithful.
So I pray that God will open your eyes to what He is working in your life. And I pray that you will be able to grab hold of the things He has planned for you. So that you can be who He created you to be. Amen!