Can God Use Me?

 

Listen up, I have a word for you today. And here it is: You are right where you are supposed to be, right at this very moment.

This is true no matter where you are or what is going on around you, and I know it may not feel like it. Believe me, I have been in that place where it feels like absolutely nothing is going right and it really should not be so hard to just survive the day. When we’re in the middle of the muck and mire of all – sleepless nights, dirty diapers, overflowing laundry baskets, or maybe it’s something more serious like a sick child, a divorce, or grieving the loss of someone you love – it can be almost impossible to see how God could ever use that situation for good.

My Bible study teacher has said on more than one occasion, “As long as you’re still sucking air, God has work for you to do.”  And it’s so true. Whether you realize it or not, God has work for you to do. It may not feel like the noblest of jobs.  So maybe you’re not doing mission work in impoverished nations or preaching God’s word from the pulpit, but chances are, He’s using you right at this very moment even though you may not be able to see Him at work. We can’t see how He is moving in the hearts of those around us. We can’t see how much our little people are observing and absorbing as we change those diapers with a smile, or when we do the laundry to make sure their favorite t-shirt will be clean for school. But I know deep down that even though we can’t see how these things impact them, they absolutely do make an impact. They show our babies that they are loved, cared for, and make them feel safe. And when we model spending time in God’s word and in prayer and making it a priority to care for ourselves, what a message we send then! That homefront is our mission field, mamas. Don’t minimize the important work you’re doing there. You’re instilling values and building character in the next generation of world changers. And God sees you. He sees that thankless job you’re doing – day in and day out. He sees your faithfulness to your family and the way you serve them selflessly. And He will use it for His good.

There are no coincidences with God. He can use you – just as you are and just where you are. Even if it’s a really crummy place. Perhaps even more so if it’s a really crummy place. God has never worked in me and through me more than He did during the times I was walking through the darkest valleys of my life. As we navigated the illnesses and deaths of our two boys, God gave me the desire to be open, honest and vulnerable in sharing our story. What started as an intent to share medical updates in an efficient way, turned into a platform for sharing our hearts and what God was doing in our lives. And He used it. He used it mightily. Words penned from my sons’ hospital rooms traveled farther and reached more lives than I ever could have imagined. I sat beside their beds, wondering, “Why him? Why us?” while pleading with God to change our circumstance, but what He did was so much more. A place that held the worst moments of our lives was also the place He used us the most.

I heard someone say recently, “Maybe you were given this mountain so others can see that it can be moved.” Think about it- right, where you’re supposed to be. Facing that immovable mountain. The verse that God showed us when we were in the hospital with our son Logan was Ephesians 3:20. “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.” (NLT) We can ask and think all we want, but what God has in store is infinitely more. Infinite. Neverending. Some translations use the terms exceedingly or exponentially more. That is moving mountains talk. And that’s where God does his best work. When you let Him.

Karlee Chill

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