I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say:
My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.
Isaiah 46:10 (NIV)
Walk with the Lord for a little while, and you'll soon realize that the only way to find true joy and peace is to be in the center of His will, obeying His calling for your life. I've been wondering, pondering, praying over His will for my (and my family's) life. He pre-packed us for the specific journey He has planned for us to take. Each of us have gifts, abilities, special ways to serve Him and bring glory to Him while we live here on earth. We're here for His purpose, not our own.
For months now I've been so focused on "what IS The END?" What is Your purpose for my life? I got caught up in trying to figure out what was going to be The END. How foolish and exhausting! I guess it's our nature to try to "figure it all out." (especially if our earnest desire is to please Him and live out His purpose for our lives.)
Have you noticed that focusing on "the END" tends to blur the NOW? Yesterday, I read in My Utmost for His Highest (by Oswald Chambers) that we tend to get so caught up in "the end," wondering about His purpose that we fail to see God is more interested in our NOW. How are we responding to this situation now? Are we trusting Him now? Are we praising Him in the midst of it, now? Are we seeking others' counsel or HIS counsel now? Are we anxious now? Are we running to His Word now? Are we growing now? Whew...these are the NOW results that God is after. Sooner or later, He'll eventually get us to that "end"-- or "the REASON" we've been placed on this earth. Remember: It's the time spent in the desert, being so parched and thirsty for HIM; the being ALONE with Him in the mountain-top AND valley moments---these are the moments in which He is preparing us for that END, or that special "purpose."
Being shaped or conformed into His dear Son's image, (in other words being a "vessel in the Potter's hands") is sometimes uncomfortable isn't it? The stretching, the pressure from all sides, the having more "clay" dumped on us, the dizzying affects of spinning around and around on that Potter's wheel---all of these things takes a toll doesn't it?
This summer is quickly coming to a close, and another chapter of my life may be too. A new one is beginning. Do I have "the answer" I've been calling on and waiting for over the past several months? Well, at first, I was looking for that specific END: WHY AM I HERE, FATHER? What is my purpose "for such a time as this?" I've not really come to "THAT end" yet. However, I HAVE come to a conclusion..and it's this: Why rush to "The End" when God is after "our Now"! The journey, the lessons, the learning to LET GO and TRUST HIM, and LEAVE IT TO HIM to get me to that specific "end" or purpose---THAT is what life as a vessel in His hands is all about---for it is in the NOW that He is shaping us into the image of His OWN Son. (Did you catch that? N-O-W....O-W-N.) We are His OWN special purchase and He's not going to throw us out! He's going to conform us into the image of His OWN Son, Jesus. No matter HOW long it takes! The time is NOW!
Thank You Father, for these wonderful, eye-opening lessons You're teaching me. We're all a vessel in Your precious hands...and You gently ask us this simple question: "Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, *O house of Israel (You want us to put our name there.) "Like clay in the hand of the potter, so are you in my hand, Tammi." Shape us, add more of Your OWN dear Son into our vessels, take away the dross, purify our hearts and prepare us Father...for one day You will use these vessels of clay to take forth the message of Your Love and Grace, Your OWN Special Son, to others. You're preparing us NOW for The End. Thank You for being the Alpha and the Omega...You're the Beginning AND the End...and ALL the In-Between too! In Jesus' Name, Amen.