Significance. Each of us is searching for it. The woman I met who was devastated after being passed over for a promotion (again)—she’s looking for it. Monica, the waitress at Planet Hollywood bemoaning her broken heart over her barely there boyfriend, is looking for it. The homemaker I was talking to recently is looking for it—the feeling of significance that’s often swept away underneath the pile of details and demands from her full life. Deep down we’re all looking for it. We all want to matter. As believers in the Lord Jesus, we each want to know that God has called us to make some kind of difference, something that gives us a level of value and significance in the big picture.
And wouldn’t you know it, the interrupted life is the cure for the search.
I’m serious. When God speaks, when He intervenes, when He permits a circumstance to rise up around you, it is your opportunity to write a story that people may still be talking about many years from now. Like those holy heroes of old from Scripture, your story of divine intervention—the one that brought you to your knees in frustration—could be the very thing that lifts others’ eyebrows in wonder and amazement at your strength and tenacity, the one that causes them to see the sparkle of substance, significance, and impact in your life. This could be the part of your story that encourages another to make their own decision to follow hard after God, perhaps rewriting the lines for their whole family, replacing a legacy of rebellion with a future of trusting faithfulness.
So just go with it. Follow Him—impossible as it may seem. Let Him take you places, even to places you honestly don’t feel all that great about seeing firsthand. You may not grasp what He’s got in mind for this, but if you’ll follow where He’s leading, you will walk yourself right out onto the stage He has set for you. You will locate a significance bigger than you are because it’s not based on your own smarts and planning and goal strategies but plans—plans that are “higher than your ways” (Isaiah 55:9), beyond anything you could “ask or think” or imagine (Ephesians 3:20).
Oh, I know it can be extremely challenging sometimes. Gut-wrenching and intense. Perhaps you’ve never faced anything this daunting before, a situation that asks so much of you or hurts in such deep places. But with the Red Sea in front of you and Pharaoh’s armies barreling down close behind, you get to find out what the Lord can really do. He’s put you in a tough spot so you’ll get to see just how incredibly strong and sufficient your God is.
And others will see it too.
Your life is God’s story being told and His character being displayed. So how does it read? What does it tell others about the God you serve? Will you dare to believe there’s a message in this mess? It’s quite possibly the best story some people will ever read.
Used by permission. Excerpts taken from Life Interrupted by Priscilla Shirer. ©2011 B&H Publishing Group. Learn more about Priscilla here.