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Topic: Extra (08/29/13)
TITLE: Special Plans
By Lisa Hudson
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A lady at our church has a t-shirt that I just love. It is a plain brown shirt and simply says, “I’m Jesus’ favorite.” Doesn’t that say it all? This is how each one of us should feel within our relationship with Him. Of course we don’t always feel this way, and even wonder if He is even hearing our prayers. I’m absolutely sure we are the ones that move…not Him. But some days, I know He is smiling down on me. There are days when I’m sure I have His approval. I’m also just as sure there are days when I don’t.
Although my years growing up had many difficulties, I always believed there was something special about me. I knew I was going to be different, and do something extraordinary one day. Does everyone have this feeling? I was talking with a former boss about this once, and she replied, “We all feel that way.” How can we all feel extra special, when we all believe we are extra special? Doesn’t that reality itself, remove the ‘special’ from the equation? If we’re all special, then we’re all the same and ordinary, right?
Now that my brain has exploded over this thought process, I still remain certain that God has great plans for me. He has great plans for each of us, but it will be up to us to determine what those plans are. I knew my home life would be different from when I was growing up. It most definitely is. I knew when I married, it wouldn’t always be easy, but I was determined it would last. So far, so good! When I had my own children, they would know they were loved and they would know I ‘have their back’, so to speak. The jury is still out on that one, but I remain hopeful that when they are around twenty-five years old, they’ll realize they had a little bit of help along the way.
I have dreamed of visiting far-away places, and I have seen many. I have envisioned meeting certain people whom I truly admire, and I have met them. I have set my sights on accomplishing things I had been told I never would be able to, and I have succeeded. I am not boasting about myself in any way. On the contrary, I am praising my Lord and Savior for His limitless blessings in my life. I am also praising Him for the hard times and lessons He has placed before me. And there have been many. Oh, I praise Him, again and again.
Perhaps seeking out and realizing God’s plan for us is what makes us special. Yes, I believe that may be it. So many people go through this life always wondering, “Why?” They work hard at whatever they are doing, not realizing what they are doing has nothing to do with what God had planned for their life, so they are virtually spinning their wheels, wondering why they are so exhausted at the end of the day. We are special when we realize that we need to stop talking and just ‘be still and listen’. God tells us not to worry about tomorrow, yet we do. I know I am guilty of this, more often than I care to admit.
I also believe the biggest mistake any one of us can make, is to assume this life is ours at all. Many times in God’s Word, our lives are described as a ‘vapor’, here today, gone tomorrow. The very thing that makes us the extraordinary people we are meant to become, is knowing we are the ‘created’ and not the Creator, allowing God to do His work in us. I know it isn’t easy to look around and wonder why God gave certain gifts to one, and not the other. It is even harder when we see others who might be greatly afflicted with sickness or those who are disabled, who may be looking at you and me the same way we are looking at the ‘gifted’ ones.
He has a plan for each of us, and that is what makes us special to Him. We are to know Him and learn His ways, so we can know His plan for us. This is what makes us feel special. I’m so glad I’m Jesus’ favorite. I hope you are His favorite too.
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