Saturday, March 13, 2010
Happy Saturday morning! Is anyone out there? If you are, ya'll have been awfully quiet these last few weeks!
I'm so glad it's Saturday--today we go pick up Eldest Son from school for spring break. The hubby is working the Big Ten basketball tournament in Indianapolis, so it will be just me and Youngest Son making the road trip! Scratch that, Youngest Son just informed me he is NOT going with me to pick up Eldest Son, so it will be just be Me, Myself and I making the trip. Fine by me, I will relish the peace and quiet!
I thought I'd start out my post today with a special thought for you. If you reflect on the words long enough, you might realize for yourself just how special your walk here on earth really, truly is. Where we are and what we are experiencing is all part of our journey toward discovering His purpose for us.
Each of us, you and me, have been purposely placed exactly where God wants us to be. If we are in the middle of a bad relationship, I truly believe He has us there for a reason. If we are in the middle of great suffering, there is purpose in that suffering as well. If you're like me, you might ask the question "WHY" quite often. Why me. Why us. Why now. Why, why, why. Honestly, I have yet to hear God's answer to my question. Truthfully, I think I haven't been listening carefully enough for His whisper. Sometimes, I'm too busy bemoaning my lot in life. Thankfully, many friends have answered the question for me. "Why NOT you?", they say. Why not me, indeed. God did not promise me a life free of pain and heartache. Far, far from it. But He did promise me He would be with me every step of the way. Whether I invite Him on the walk or not. When I realize I can't make the walk alone, He will be there to lift me up. If you're any bit as stubborn as I am, you might still be walking that lonely path alone. But how far can we possibly go it by ourselves? It gets tiring walking alone, doesn't it?
I'm starting to realize that. I feel like I'm walking in circles sometimes looking for answers. I am desperate to figure out what my purpose is in this world really is. What His purpose is for me. Sometimes, I feel like I'm on the cusp of figuring it out, and other times, I'm so far from it I make myself laugh. I probably make God laugh too!! Secretly, I have to think I am fulfilling God's purpose for me every time I help a friend in need; bringing a meal over to a friend who finds herself with extra houseguests because her brother-in-law is dying, or when I send an encouraging note to a devastated niece experiencing her first true-love breakup. I'm sure you do these sorts of things too. Perhaps God's great purpose for us here on earth is to simply help and love those in need, those whose suffering is greater than our own. Lifting up those unable to lift themselves. Extending love to those feeling unloved. It all seems so insignificant, doesn't it? I mean, God's purpose for us HAS TO BE bigger than this, doesn't it?
Do me a favor. Stop for a moment and think, "what if this is exactly what God had in mind when he created me?" Maybe His purpose for us is to simply live our days loving others. Live our days helping to lighten the load of someone else. Live our days loving others for the sake of Him. Perhaps if we realize this, then we could stop all the searching, all the longing for something more, something bigger, something better than what we have. One thing I do know, His purpose will be revealed to us at a time and place He has specifically chosen. In the meantime, I am going to keep re-reading my words so they sink in. There is no greater purpose for me right now than to live my days loving and helping others. It's that simple I guess. If God has some bigger purpose for me planned, which I don't know about right now, I suppose all I can do is strap on my seatbelt and get ready for the ride. For now though, join me in loving and helping others for His sake. Be confident and at peace knowing that if there's more He wants to use you for, He will make it clear to you.
Honestly, I'm not sure why I wrote about this subject today. The words just sort of started flowing. As I am getting ready to wrap this post up and hit "publish", I'm worried that by doing so, I'll be getting some "unsubscribing" notices in my email box soon. But deep inside I feel like God wanted me to write this today. Maybe someone really needed to read these words. I have no idea. Maybe I myself needed to read these words and absorb their deeper meaning for me. Whatever it is, I'm going to move forward and hit "publish post" anyways. If my words touched you today, I'm happy! If you feel you want to unsubscribe to my blog after reading them, that's cool too and I understand. In the end, I hope my sharing these words at the very least will cause you to think a little bit, help a little bit, and love....a lot.
Posted by Amy at 10:47 AM