Sunday, July 1, 2012
We can make our plans,
but the LORD determines our steps.
Did you know that desipite the hundreds of thousands of children he tenderly cared for with his show and his ordination as a Presbyterian minister, Mr Rogers still thought of himself first as a musician? He had a degree in musical composition, composed hundreds of songs throughout his life and continued to collaborate with musicians all the way to the end of his life. Still, if you were to ask what God did with his life, it would be his tender gentleness to children that stands out. If you haven't seen it, the musical remix is a fitting tribute.
God's work is amazing. One of the wildest things about God is that His plans for us don't always match what we think they are going to be. Lots of people in churches pass out spiritual gift surveys that look more at a persons' inborn tendencies than what supernatural gifts the Holy Spirit may have provided for the encouragement of the Body. It's not that those inborn tendencies are useless--He often uses them. In a sense, they are a gift to us and the Body that we received when we were born. It's just that He more often uses our weaknesses, not our strengths, to bring Himself glory. Jesus once gloried in this very idea:
At that, Jesus rejoiced, exuberant in the Holy Spirit. "I thank you, Father, Master of heaven and earth, that you hid these things from the know-it-alls and showed them to these innocent newcomers. Yes, Father, it pleased you to do it this way. --Luke 10:21
As you work toward exploring God's dreams for you, be careful not to just look in the obvious places. Ask Him what He desires and you may be surprised.