“And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;”  (Isaiah 49:2)

In the book, “Growing Strong in the Seasons of Life”, Charles Swindoll made the following statement that impacted my life: 

“Learn your lesson well in the schoolroom of obscurity.  God is preparing you as His chosen arrow.  As yet, your shaft is hidden in his quiver; but at the precise moment, at which it will tell with the greatest effect, he will reach for you and launch you to that place of his appointment.” 

Have you ever felt time racing by you at the speed of light?  Have you wondered what legacy or impression you will leave with those around you?  If we trust in the Lord with all our heart, and lean not on our own understanding, he will surely direct our paths.  With that confidence, we can leave the results in HIS hands.  Some will plant, some will water, but God gives the increase!  Hallelujah!  I want to encourage those who read this today, that you DO matter.  Your life is VERY significant to God; even if you don’t feel significant in your own mind.  He makes no mistakes.  You were sent for a specific purpose, and though you may seem to be overlooked by many, you must view your life through God’s eyes.  Seek him with all your heart and you will find your “method”, or “style”, of purpose.  Everyone’s ultimate purpose on this earth is to worship our creator God and bring others to Christ.  The WAY we do that is determined by unique characteristics God placed in us when he formed us in our mother’s womb.  Embrace your identity in HIM, and determine in your own heart to serve HIM; then nothing else will matter.

When I realized it was possible for my entire life to be a “preparation” for one moment in time, it changed how I viewed everything.  It blanketed me with a peace I never had before.  It flooded me with a joy of life that few understand; and it gave me a love and compassion for people  I can only give glory to God for.  Why?  Because I know it’s Him working in me to cause these fruits of the spirit to manifest in my life. 

I challenge you to ponder Chuck Swindoll’s profound statement.  Let it touch you in a deep, personal way.  You may go on to be used in a manner that astounds millions of people; but more likely, go on to be used in a way that quietly touches a small group of people, God created just for you.

I exhort you brothers and sisters to desire God to use you for his kingdom purposes; WHEN you will make the biggest difference!  Do not despise the isolation and loneliness of obscurity.  It’s in that secret place, where we all can abide under the shadow of the Almighty, that dreams are birthed, nurtured and matured. There is no other place I’d rather be! 

Psalm 34


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