Wednesday morning as I was opening the curtains to let the daylight in, I was admiring the beauty of the moon. Just a sliver was showing, all bright and beautiful. One of those beautiful clear mornings when all you can see is the moon, a star or two, and the beginnings of the blue morning sky. The beauty just took my breath away.
To see God’s handiwork in the sky and his attention to detail as the moon waxes and wanes takes on a whole new meaning when I think of His hand that created our universe. (Genesis 1:1; Hebrews 1:10) It is also a reminder to me that I am rather small in relation to the world God created, yet at the same time, He created me just as carefully. (Genesis 1:27) He created me, as His daughter, with love and with attention to every detail. But even deeper than that, He has created me with a purpose in mind as I live out my life here on earth.
His care for us goes much deeper than we often realize. Have you ever looked within yourself to see God’s handiwork in you? Sometimes we forget to take a look inside to see what God is doing within us. Like the moon, we only “see” a sliver of His work because we tend to look at only the here and now. We often view ourselves through the lens of the world.
God’s plan and purpose for our life is not revealed all at once, but He does have a purpose for each one of us. (Jeremiah 29:11-13) Recently, I have heard a few people say, “If only I knew what my purpose is?” We search for our purpose thinking it should be something big where our life affects many people. Using the world’s perspective leads us to believe we haven’t found our purpose in life. We forget to take a look at the bigger picture of God at work within us. When we turn our focus to God and ask Him to reveal change within us, then we can “see” His purposes being fulfilled in our life.
I like to use the analogy of the puzzle pieces being fit together through out our lives as God chooses to reveal more of Himself and His purposes for us. It’s when we take the string of individual moments that makes up our life that we can see a bigger picture. Each puzzle piece is a moment of transformation that changes us, hopefully for the better, giving us a fresh perspective to serve people and the God we love. Each piece opens our eyes to the gifts God gives us to use for His glory and at the same time will bring us joy.
I have learned over the last 4 years, that my purpose is not some grand event, it’s about the ways I interact with the people God places in my life. Looking back is when I can see His purposes in my life, even when I didn’t recognize them at the time.
Through my family He has given me purpose as a daughter, a wife and a mother. As I helped cared for my mom when she was sick, God filled me with patience, compassion, joy, and super natural physical and emotional strength. I had the privilege of showing my mom God’s love for her until her dying day. As a wife, God has grown me into a more compassionate woman, willing to see life through the eyes of my husband, and to be a partner in all we do. As a mother, God had given me the honor and privilege to raise two boys into men. I never would have thought I would be so blessed to see God’s purposes played out in my life by being a stay at home mom.
God has also given me a business in which I am able to teach others the value in honoring God in business and personal finances, that putting Christ’s values into a business brings great rewards. God has allowed me to use my love for accounting in a way that brings Him glory and me great joy. There is purpose in that.
Today, God is allowing me to use words to encourage others in a way that I never really thought possible. Here in these blogs, but also as I serve Him at my church. All for His glory. I am so blessed.
We’re not all called to some grand event, it’s about the way we live our life on a daily basis that shows God’s purposes in our life. Give yourself a little grace to “see” through God’s eyes and seek no other comparisons.
Where do you see God’s handiwork within you? Write it down.
Are you still looking for your life’s purpose? I have a feeling it may be right before your very eyes. Look at the puzzle pieces of your life over the last 4 or 5 years and ask God to show you the ways in which you are living out His purposes for your life.