Monday, 12 December 2011

All in Gods perfect timing, seeing the beauty in everything.

 I’ve been struggling with having to wait for things recently.
Waiting is one of the most difficult things to do, whether we're waiting for a phone call, the right job or an answered prayer. We become impatient and wonder why things are not happening when we want them to. It seems like the more we want something, the harder it is to wait - and we get impatient with God.
But we have to remember that God's timing is different than our own. He sees things from a different perspective and sees the whole picture, not just what we want, but what is best for us in the grand plan for our lives. All is part of a divine order and will be done in its own right and proper time. Of course, when we are hoping, praying and waiting for something, it's easy to forget this. After all, waiting is "remaining inactive in one place while expecting something." And being inactive means feeling powerless and at the mercy of the world - nobody likes that feeling. But we must keep in mind God's greater plan and His perfect timing:
“..And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

Yesterday God taught me two very important lessons.
  1. God has perfect timing.
  2. See the beauty in everything.
Most of you will know that I like to be creative. It is a rare moment when I’m not thinking of things I could either make or bake.
A few months ago for some bizarre reason I decided I was going to keep all my old toilet rolls, figuring that one day I would know what to make from them. Over the course of a few months on the back of my bathroom door hung a bag which gradually became full of toilet rolls. When it was full it just stayed there. I didn’t know what to do with 25 brown tubes, but I knew that one day I would. Yesterday that day came.
I looked at those tubes and saw something of myself. How I was feeling about myself. Dull, plain and useless. But God sees us differently, He does not see us as being “dull” or “plain” or “useless” He sees us as the beautiful creations which He Created and the beautiful and fruitful men and women of God whom we can be.
After lots of cutting, positioning and sticking together I ended up with this:

Finished and looking lovely in my room. :)

Everything has beauty but not everyone can see it.
Throughout this process God spoke to me. He told me about how before now making this wall art would have meant little to me, doing it now has taught me lessons and helped me grow that little bit closer to Him.
We can be just like the toilet rolls and God the “creator”, we may need to wait until the right time, be shaped, rearranged, stuck back together and held until we are fixed, but at the end of the day, when God has finished with the processes we will be able to shine in the beauty of what He created us to be.
God has perfect timing. He is never late. He is never early. He is never in a hurry. He is always on time. On His time. The hardest part to remember is that our time isn’t necessarily His time.
..and I make a vow as a child of God to try and stop looking in the mirror and seeing:
  • ugly
  • fat
  • plain
  • weak
BECAUSE I am now certain. Certain that when God looks at me and at you, at His creation, He only sees wonderful. He only sees beauty. He only sees precious.

It’s time for us to start seeing the beauty in everything, in Gods creations, and most of all; find the beauty in ourselves. For you are..Fearfully and wonderfully made!” Psalm 139:14

You've got a place in this world.

Hey you!
The one hiding in the corner,
wondering if you're seen,
hoping you're heard.

You are.

You matter.
You have something to give.
Something good and right and beautiful and true.
And God sees it.

Sees you.

Right where you are.
He invites you to the centre of the floor,
to His waiting arms, to His unfolding plans.
We need you. Just as you are.
And we can't wait to see even more of the ways,
He's going to use you to light up the room and the hearts of all who are in it.

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

I read a poem earlier today entitled "Just think". I have no idea who wrote it but as i was reading it, taking in each of its statements, each of its promises, I was reminded and captivated by the knowledge that this IS truth. God designed, created, loves and has perfect plans for each and every one of us.
The poem reads:

"Just think,
you’re here not by chance,
but by God’s choosing.
His hand formed you and made you the person you are.
He compares you to no one else—you are one of a kind.
You lack nothing that His grace can’t give you.
He has allowed you to be here at this time in history,
 to fulfill His special purpose for this generation."

The world only gets one YOU!...

You with your gifts.
You with your smile.
You with those things you do.
So take your place,
take your chances,
take this moment to know...
You've got something to offer.
Something good and right and true.
Something God-given,
Heart-of-Heaven created.
And the rest of us need it, need you.
You may think it's no big deal.
Anyone could be that way.
Anyone could do it.
Not true.
There's just one irreplaceable you.

"For we are chosen by God and precious to Him." 1 Peter 2:4