For my husband and I, our first years of marriage involved living simply. Truthfully, the small apartment in which we resided seemed cozy. Our furnishings consisted of the necessities, and often times, played multiple purposes.
One hot Summer day, with sweat dripping and no air conditioning, I sought out our fan. Except, I couldn’t find it. In our small home consisting of two bedrooms, kitchen, bathroom, and living room, the fan appeared no where. Both of us scanned each room. Nope.
And did I mention it was sprayed purple?
And then……we spotted it! Why we didn’t we see it before?
Our fan had been repurposed as an endtable-next to our bed.
Our lives resemble that fan (although you may not be sprayed purple). Different seasons alter our purposes. Student, mother, wife, caregiver, employee…..
Wherever God deems to use us is an ordained purpose. However, our perspective does not always align with our Creator’s. We are lured by the applause and validation by cultural standards of purpose. How can the sleep deprived state of a new mother caring for one share the same valued purpose as your former polished corporate self? Can you find fulfillment in overnight stocking at Target when you once pastored a church?(I did) Can the Holy spirit move in your fragile flesh with the same power that was made manifest in a previously energized healthy body?
In what way does God want to use you to proclaim that He is at work? Changing diapers? Caring for an ailing relative? Making a difference in your workplace? Serving in a greater capacity in your community or church? Wherever God places you, that is your title for a season.
We can consider ourselves blessed. Because God has been in the business of redeeming and repurposing since the beginning. Although our actual names may not change, we find a common sisterhood in Esther (girl to queen), Sarah (barren woman to mother of a nation), Ruth (widow to new bride).
God’s promise to Israel extends to us as well:
“The nations shall see your righteousness,
and all the kings your glory,
and you shall be called by a new name
that the mouth of the LORD will give.
3You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD,
and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.” Isaiah 62:2-3
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