Monday, March 15, 2010

Instruction Manual

Saturday afternoon found me sitting in the middle of my living room floor with my daughter, Paige, assembling bar stools. It was a beautiful day outside, but because my son and my husband were taking on the first yard mowing of the season, my allergies dictated that I find an indoor activity.

Paige did a great job taking the lead and reading through the instruction manual and then explaining how to do each step. We had several stools to assemble so having one source of instruction was extremely helpful! Step by step we took all of the smaller parts and pieces and intricately attached them to the places they were designed to fit into. It was interesting to see how the odd little pieces that looked so random on their own had such an important part in the finished product.

As God assembles each of us, He uses the random bits and pieces that we see little value in or don’t even understand and uses them for a specific purpose. The things you are doing today may not seem valuable, but in fact they are an intricate part of who you are becoming. Some experiences are used for foundation, structure, comfort, and yes…even bling! (Okay, so you may argue the ‘bling’ part but I’m referring to the things about us that make us appealing to others, so for the sake of this conversation we’ll call it bling.) I know most of my readers, and trust me, you have bling!!

Regardless of what role it plays, what you’re walking through right now matters to the person God is making you to be! Although you’re not reading the instruction manual yourself, you can allow yourself to receive your instruction from God as your one source. Have you asked Him what He wants you to learn from your present situation? Do you trust that He has a purpose for it? We may not have an instruction manual for our lives like we would to assemble a bar stool, but God has a plan all the same. He wrote the manual and He knows how He intends to assemble you. Hmmm, that sounds like a good topic for a Bible study…

Be blessed,

Jennifer

“For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” Jeremiah 29:11-12

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