I have mentioned previously that my small group has been reading The Resolution for Women by Priscilla Shirer. I really recommend it. It is an easy read broken into small segments--but the truths and the encouragement contained within are powerful!
This week there was a passage that I wish I could shout from the rooftops to women who are wondering how/why they are 'stuck' in their current life position. Pardon how much I am about to quote...but I feel strongly that there are many reading my blog who need to read these words:
"You are not here by accident at this moment...It is not mistake that you are living right now with your own set of circumstances, dealing with your specific set of issues all while working within your personalized set of skills and abilities.
God has made you and placed you here. On purpose.
He has selected you, and everything about you, to participate in the work He is doing at this point in history. Like a coach who methodically considers what runner to put on the track at particular stages of a relay race, God's choice of you for this leg of the marathon was by design.
That's why you're here. In this position.
Facing that project.
Married to that man.
Involved in that friendship.
Dealing with that issue.
Living in that neighborhood.
Spearheading that committee.
Participating in that activity.
Mothering those children.
Living this life.
Not because it has accidentally happened like this but because you have been known and chosen by the one Coach who sees you as uniquely suited, equipped, and capable of carrying out such amazing plans with such intricate precision.
You are the one, my friend.
You. Are. The. One."
-Priscilla Shirer, The Resolution for Women
Can I get an Amen???
If you need some Scripture to back this up (as you should), I leave you with this:
"Before I shaped you in the womb,
I knew all about you.
Before you saw the light of day,
I had holy plans for you..." Jeremiah 1:5 The Message
"For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord..." Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
"You didn't choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit..." John 15:16 The Message
Whatever you circumstance right now...no matter how you got there (your sin, the sin of others, illness, etc...) it DID NOT catch God off guard. You are not beyond the reach of His love, His forgiveness or His restoration. I may not understand it, but I do believe it. I pray that all who read this will find some comfort in His Truth today.