Friday, July 10, 2009

Finding Shark's Teeth

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Eph. 2:10

When our children were young one of their favorite things to do at the beach was to search for shark’s teeth. Many fruitless hours were spent in hopes of finding these teeth. My husband finally decided that he would go and buy lots of teeth and throw them down as we were walking with the children on the beach. He would guide them to the area where he “thought” some teeth may be which worked for our youngest daughter because she would pay attention to his guidance. Our son, however, was running around chasing birds, finding “treasures” in litter and not focusing on the areas in which my husband was pointing.

This reminded me this morning of a Christian finding their purpose in Christ. Just as Bruce threw down teeth for the exploration God prepares the way to show us what His purpose is for our lives. He gently guides us to our purpose and the gifts that He has given to accomplish His purpose. I neither dreamed nor desired to write throughout the course of my life. It was only through His gentle nudging of working on my grandmother’s book to edit and publish her work that I was led to write. God had thrown those “shark teeth” out and pointed the way to finding them.

We each have a God purpose and God gift to accomplish the work that God assigned to us at birth. It is only through spending time with Him that we learn how to see what He sees, and learn how to hear what He hears. Through trusting Him and discerning how to recognize His voice, we are able to quiet the distractions of “chasing birds” and finding the treasures that God has laid out before us.

Keep your eyes on Him to receive what He has prepared for you and don’t go chasing sea gulls!

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