I came across this quote on Pinterest a few weeks ago and it keeps coming back to my mind. “I am not lucky I am blessed”. I think many times in life, when something great happens, I take for granite the one who made it happen.
In the past year, I’ve had many moments that have overwhelmed me and I wonder….How did I get here? For some, it might come across as just being “lucky” but I know without a doubt, that my life is planned and ordained by the blood of Jesus Christ.
You see, I was not a very obedient girl growing up. I remember one day, when I was very young, my father told me not to put my fingers near the weight machine. He even pointed to the exact spot where I could get hurt. Well, I am sure you can guess the end of this story. Yes, I ended up with an almost broken finger and I missing a fingernail. I say all of that to explain, that if my life were based off of luck, my life would look a whole lot different.
Growing up I had this dream of helping the less fortunate. Every night when I would pray with my parents, I would ask God to help all the homeless people. My prayers grew as I got older and I developed a passion for needy children overseas. In college I volunteered at homeless shelters and would go on the occasional mission’s trip but I knew God has something more.
Throughout my 7 years of college (long story), I would feel discouraged, not understanding why I had this deep passion and no opportunity to use it. When I cried out to God, wondering what my future held, He would remind me of Matthew 25: 21. “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I put you in charge of many things. Come and share in your master’s happiness.”
The parable in Matthew 25 reined daily in my life. I knew that if I wanted to be used by the Lord, I had to show him that I am His faithful servant. Don’t get me wrong, this was not always an easy thing and I failed many times. Despite my failures, we serve a loving God who knows our hearts and is full of grace.
I now work for Operation Christmas Child where I am able to use my college degree. Every day I am overwhelmed knowing that I am exactly in the place that the Lord wants me to be. All the years of having a passion and not “feeling” like I was using it, was just the Lord’s way or making my walk stronger with him.
So, I want to ask you, can the Lord trust you with the small things in your life? Open your eyes today, to the things around you. As you recognize the small things, watch as the Lord begins to bless you with bigger opportunities to be used by Him. The greatest joy in life is being used by the Lord and bringing Glory to his mighty name.
Operation Christmas Child, a project of international Christian relief and evangelism organization Samaritan’s Purse headed by Franklin Graham, and is the world largest Christmas project of its kind. This year Operation Christmas Child will send out their 100 millionth shoe box gift. For more information visit www.samaritanspurse.org/occ.