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Sun, Sep 02 2007 - 07:21 PM

Before

Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you.  Before you were born, I set you apart, says the Lord.  Jeremiah 1:5

I was at the mall this weekend.  While my daughter was shopping, my son and I were "people-watching".  We were noticing just how different everyone is..... different walks, different shapes, different mannerisms.   Certainly, if we could have talked to everyone we would have discovered vast differences of opinion, different skill sets, different talents, different likes and dislikes. 

Have you ever wondered what makes people so different?  Often we are told it is because of our surroundings and how we were raised.  Certainly that plays a part, but the scripture tells us the real reason we each are so different.  God planned it that way! 

Notice the words, "before I formed you, I knew you".  THe bible tells us that God "planned" us!  We weren't accidents or just the result of biology.  God planned every detail of us before He ever put us in the womb.  That is mind-boggling!  He knew us.  That means He knew what we would be like.  He already knew our personality and path in life.  We are a part of HIm.   

THen, He further says..."before you were born, I set you apart".  To me that means that He gave us something unique that no other person every born or to be born has--something that sets us apart. He gave us a unique set of likes, dislikes, talents, skills and gifts.  No two people have exactly the same combination.  That special and unique combination is the perfect match for the plan He has for us.  It won't work for someone else's plan.  It won't work for our own self-centered plans.  We will never be happy (truly happy) until we are following the plan God thought of before He made us.  How could we be when we were designed with such detail, thought and purpose. What amazing love God has for us to create us each completely unique and special with a specific purpose in mind.  

Just think about the reality of that.  Often we don't feel special.  Sometimes we feel sorry for ourselves.  We may even think that we could do so much more good for the Lord if we just had better talents.  I imagine that when we start to have those thoughts, the Lord is saddened.  We are, afterall, insulting His great work when we fret about the talents we don't have.  Besides, we don't need those talents.  If we did, God would have given them to us! 

So, what do we do?  How do we know the plan that He has for us? Where do we start? 

We make it our goal to please HIm, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.  2 Corinthians 5: 9  

I wish I could say that I have all the answers.  I don't, but I do know where to start.  We start by loving Him with all of our heart, mind and soul.   We start by trying to please Him in ALL that we do.  We start by reading His Word often and searching for new meaning each time that we do.  We start by praying often and praising HIm in all situations--even when it is hard.  We start by keeping Him in our focus no matter where we are or what we are doing.

I know that God has a special plan for me.  I don't quite know what it is just yet.  That makes me a little crazy at times, but I am trying hard to be patient and peaceful as He unfolds it in His time and in His way.  In the meantime, I am trying to search for His involvement in the everyday details of my life.  When you look for Him, you find Him.  I am amazed by His love and goodness -even when I don't deserve it.  Look for Him.  Give Him credit for all the wonderful things in your life from a fun evening with your family to escaping a near auto accident.  Look for HIm in the not so great things--often there is a lesson for us hidden in all the drama and details.  He never leaves us.  He never turns His back.  He never sleeps.  He keeps watch over His children--the very children that He created with love and precision thought long before they were born.

Prayer:  Lord, it is nearly impossible for us to comprehend the love You have for us.  It almost beyond comprehension to think that you really thought of us and knew us and planned us before we were born.  To think that we mean that much to You is mind-boggling.  It is no wonder that we can be overwhelmed and humbled in Your presence.  Thank you.  Thank you for creating us.  Thank you for creating the perfect family and friends for each of us.  That you for creating those special people that walk in and out of our lives.  Thank you for sending Your Son to die for us--a sacrafice that we cannot begin to understand.  Help us to constantly seek Your will and to carry out the plans for which you created us.  Amen.    

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About: I am a married, working mother with 2 children a daughter age 17 and a son age 14. I have a passion for writing and feel led to work with pre-teen girls. I blog mostly about my spiritual journey as I seek God's perfect will for my life.

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