I tend to look back over my life quite a bit whenever I am studying Scripture. I love how I can read certain verses and know, with complete certainty, they are true simply because of the work God has done in my own life and through my own circumstances.His mighty work is evidence enough for me. It’s hard to dispute growth and life change. Okay God…I used to be there and now I’m here. Wow!
When I stop and ponder the messages and lessons I read in the Bible, I am amazed that they are just as relevant today as they were a couple thousand years ago. The Bible really is alive and active.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us…(Ephesians 3:20) That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)
I look back at the timid little girl of my youth who was terrified of opening her mouth in public and who feared looking at her thoughts on paper and I often ask God:
“How do You do it, Lord? How do You take our biggest fears and use them for Your glory?”
- I ask this every time I push the publish button on my blog posts.
- I ask this when I approach complete strangers at church and strike up a conversation.
- I’ve asked this each time I’ve boarded a plane and headed out for a mission trip to the Dominican Republic.
- I ask this every time I’ve walked through the doors of my ladies small group to lead on Thursday morning.
I am humbled every single day by how God can take the shattered pieces of my past and use it to encourage others who are hurting and in need of hope.
How do You do it, Lord?
I hope I never stop asking this question while living here on this earth. I pray God will continue to blow me away with His greatness. I love standing in wonder and in awe. I look forward to the day when I will understand fully, but in the meantime, I rejoice each time I catch a breathtaking glimpse of His greatness.
How has God blown you away lately? How have you seen Him take your fears and use them for His glory? Share your experience in the comment box to encourage others.
About the Author
Eileen Knowles is a small town Arizona girl who studied English at The University of Arizona a long, long time ago. She now lives in small town North Carolina with her husband, Roger, their eight-year old son, and one quirky dog named Bisbee. When she is not working part-time loving on animals at the local animal hospital, she thoroughly enjoys drinking coffee, running, playing Scrabble, leading Women’s Bible Study at her church, and writing about how cool it is to journey through life with Jesus holding her hand.
Eileen is passionate about leaving a legacy for her son and encouraging others along the way who might need a dose of hope poured into their weary lives.