Usefulness

Today, I am grateful that God finds a way to piece together my brokenness, my pain, and my disappointments to somehow bring Him glory and accomplish His purposes. I don’t fully understand why an all-knowing, all-powerful, ever-present God would even bother messing around with someone like me; He doesn’t need me per se, yet He still finds a way to redeem my painful experiences and use them for good. 

As I review this image again, I marvel at the way that God has repurposed adversity and used it to bring about good – in ways that only He can:

[By the way, I realize that this image – something I found on the internet awhile ago – has a typo in it: Sarah’s name is misspelled. However, I still think the sentiment is a good one, so I decided to use it in this post, anyway.]

Never again do I have to wonder if I’m “good enough” to be useful to God. Of course I’m not good enough – I could never be good enough to merit my own salvation, and God never asked me to try to earn my way into a relationship with Him, anyway. He simply asks me to trust Him, and leave the rest in His capable hands.

It really doesn’t matter where I am in the stage of my life – old or young, black or white, rich or poor, tall or short – these things are trivial in the eyes of God. He simply asks me to surrender my life to Him, and watch Him work good in me and through me.

Here is my prayer for today: Dear Lord, thank You that I don’t have to be “good enough” in order to be useful to You. Help me to surrender my life to You, and trust You to accomplish Your good purposes in me and through me. Spiritual warts and all, I am grateful that You love me and that You have a good plan for my life (Jeremiah 29:11) – a plan that I can trust, even when I don’t fully understand it. In Your name I pray, Amen.

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