Friday, August 19, 2011

@ ~ Quiet Satisfaction of His Fulfilled Purpose

"The LORD will fulfill His purpose for me..."
Psalm 138:8

Sending an email from my Droid the other day, the joyful reality struck my heart.  The @ symbol is fulfilling its purpose.  Once a rarely-needed character on the keyboard, "@" has become the most useful symbol on keypads everywhere.  For years, we would search the keyboard looking for the obscure symbol, only to find it humbly sitting on top of the numeral 2.  Quietly and patiently, @ sat for decades.  Did @ know what plans were in store for it?

To be loved, needed, cared for and know we have purpose is, I believe, the common cry of every human heart.  And all of those desires are satisfied in the person of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, our Savior, our Grace and Truth.

God does have His purpose and plans for us, and that is clear throughout scripture.  A heart led by the Spirit is a life with eternal purpose.   

"But the plans of the LORD stand firm forever,
the purposes of His heart through all generations." 
Psalm 33:11

"I cry out to God Most High, to God,
who fulfills His purpose for me."  Psalm 57:2

The @ reminded me of His truth and His promises.  The @ symbol on my Droid cell phone has its very own key now. The @ enjoys a place to call its own given by its serve and be useful.  I don't even have to press shift or alt first to use @.  It has been given a place for its unique purpose.  The @ is needed and useful.    

Our Maker has purpose for each of us.  He has gifted us each uniquely and purposefully.  He desires to use us for His glory and to bear fruit for His kingdom.  As we humbly abide in Him daily, keeping Him on the throne of our hearts whether we are sitting atop the 2 or have our very own keypad not requiring the use of alt or shift, He will fulfill His purpose for us. 

The silly little @ spoke volumes of His love to my heart.  On days when I am feeling unuseful, overlooked, shunned, unneeded and without purpose, I will remember the @.  I will think of His truths in scripture about His plans and His purposes for each of us.  The @ wasn't looking for prominence or glory, rather simply to be utilized by its maker and know that it had purpose when it was made.  We desire the same thing, to be used as a vessel of honor by our Maker for His glory and His purposes. 

The Lord will fulfill His purposes for us.  And no purpose of His can be thwarted.

Thank you @ for speaking His truth to my heart!

"I know that You can do everything,
and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted."
Job 42:2

"The LORD has done what He purposed;   
He has fulfilled His word 
which He commanded in days of old."
Lamentations 2:17

 Do a word search on "purpose" or and see His beautiful plans and purposes for us.
© 2011 by Sharon Sloan. All rights reserved.


kimmyl said...

Nevr thought of the @ like that! Wonderful way to think out of the box. So relevant and timely! I think most people can relate to the @. Great piece, keep them coming.

Jules said...

Thanks for sharing these thoughts today. It's a good reminder to me about some things I've been praying about. In God's time & in His way, we will fulfill that purpose in each of us. :o)

Lake Lady said...

I am struggling with God's purpose - I thought it was one thing but someone else has been put "there" where I thought I was to be - I needed this - especially the verse in Job - regardless of what others do what is happening is to God's purpose . . . thank you

Barb said...

Just what I needed to hear today....Thank you Lord for the messages you send, the blessings you give.

Susan Dyess said...

I LOVE this!!! Wonderful reminder to me right now in my life. Seeing Him bring purpose into my life, but getting caught up in the hows of how it is going to happen. Peace has washed over me with the reminder that He will fulfill His purpose. I will rest in His timing and His ways. Thanks so much for this encouragement!!

Anonymous said...

You know, for those who don't know God, don't know they're special, Rick Warren's book opened the eyes of many to who they are in God that they were useful, able to do amazing things, like you @. I agree, I've never thought of the @ that way - I needed to hear that message today:) Thanks for blessing me!