I was sitting on my bed in my room reading the Bible and I heard His voice whisper to me that He would use me for His purpose. I knew then that my life was marked by God, but what I did not understand was HOW it was marked.
I spent the next years of my Christianity attempting to bring about what God had spoken over me, and because I had formed the wrong idea of how God uses someone for his purposes I made many mistakes along the way.
My logic and human approach towards my destiny failed me and resulted in bringing many moments of frustration and confusion. In desperation, I cried out to the Lord and asked Him why I didn’t see my life being used the way I knew he wanted to use it, he led me to a verse that forever changed my life.
Then I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?” Then I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8
I understood then that God did want to send me and it wasn’t my job to send myself or to formulate the perfect plan of action, but to instead open my heart to being sent whenever and to whatever just like Isaiah.
Being sent by the Lord requires us to be in tune with His voice. I have found many times with God, that his plans for my life were totally not what I expected.
Just recently, I finished a one-year internship at my church. I thought naturally that the Lord would want me to re-apply but even so, I prayerfully sought the Lord for my next step, He made it clear that I was to go back into the marketplace through a word and a dream. It was a total left turn for me and I’ll admit I wrestled with it for a bit. I had already planned to be part of church ministry and grow into a staff position, but God had a different future for me.
My path was set to enter the marketplace again and to begin writing for His purpose, which is my ultimate calling. Though I have not arrived by any means to the place I know God has called me to, I know He holds my life in the palm of His hands and He will not lead me in the wrong way.
Maybe today you find yourself frustrated like I was years ago, or maybe you find yourself back in the same unfulfilled cycle you keep falling back on when you lose patience and try and run in front of God.
Don’t be discouraged, God’s plan for your life is still true for you, he has not changed his mind.
Just like Isaiah, we each have a commission from God on our lives and God wants to manifest it. Our part in God’s plan is not to know how or even formulate the plan but instead to be open to both the fulfillment of it and the road it will take to get there.
Today I want to encourage you to open up your heart to being used by God in HIS way and timeline. His plans are unimaginable for you, will you allow the creator of the Universe to also be the creator of your world?
<3 Ruby E. Dieguez
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