Before the Sunrise

sunrise

source -http://lesleyonstott.wordpress.com/2010/11/10/florida-sunrise/

I believe that sometimes God speaks to us in the wee small hours of the morning, before our brains and our bodies have a chance to catch up to the constant chatter of “To Do” lists and our “oh-so-important” schedules. He grabs our attention before we can justify not spending time with our Father.

I recently had that kind of morning. Before I even opened my eyes to the day, these words rested into my mind. “It’s not about you. It’s about me allowing you to be used for my purpose, so that others will see Me.” Before the morning took the memory of these words away, I jotted them down and thought about them all morning.

Later that day, I went to the funeral of an amazing man of God who fought a long battle with cancer. He was too young and his death was way too soon. Everyone was devastated, but there were smiles and laughter mixed with aching grief. His life was celebrated in a way I had never witnessed before. It was breathtaking, meaningful and memorable. As stories were shared and songs were sung in praise to the Lord that this man worshipped, the words that I had woken up to resonated in my soul. The man everyone was there to remember and honor, lived his life exactly like that. He let God use him in every possible way and he got out of the way. He just wanted others to see and know the God he served and his life reflected that beautifully. He left an indelible mark on this world. Many people who were standing in the room with me were believers because this man took the time to talk with them and just be their friend. It was a great reminder of our own legacy. How will you be remembered? What will be said at your funeral? Who will you be in this short life that is just a breath?

I know I fall short in countless ways, but it is my whole-hearted desire for God to use me for his purpose, so that others may see Him alone. In my weakness, in my strength, in success, in failure, in my love, in my service, in my joy, in my pain and in my struggles – may God be praised – may it all point others to Jesus. That is all I want.

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevail.” Proverbs 19:21

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Eternal, “plans for peace, not evil, to give you a future and hope—never forget that. Jeremiah 29:11 (The Voice)

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