The work of the Creator (view from Koko Head, Oahu, Hawaii, June 2011)

It sounds harsh but it’s reality. In our world, it’s so easy to think all of life will stop if we don’t pursue our passions; if we’re not obedient to the voice of God. But the truth of the matter is, life will go on. Yes, there is only one you and nobody will be able to be a better you; but when we decide we’re going to ignore that gut feeling telling us to apply for the job or pick up our camera, we don’t let down the world and God as much as we think we do. We let down ourselves. God used a donkey (Numbers 22:23-33); it would be no surprise to me when He uses somebody else to write the next New York Best Seller. God used a prostitute (Joshua 2); I have no qualms in Him finding a willing spirit to help families out of poverty. If we are unwilling to be obedient and follow Him, surely He can find somebody who will. And that is what I find amazing. God can use anybody, but He chooses me. He chooses you. God doesn’t need us, He wants us.

God knows how lazy I can be and how shaky my faith is at times, but He still wants me. He could have used anyone to write this blog but He told me to do it. He could anoint anyone to sing, but He gave you the voice. It’s not by chance or accident. It’s not like someone asking me what I want for dinner and I respond with, “oh, whatever is coming up on the next exit.” No, God has a specific meal in mind that can only be found where you are. He wants you. But if you make yourself unavailable, He can certainly raise someone else up. Yes, what God has for you is for you, but you can’t get it, if you don’t want Him too.

There are so many benefits that come with being wanted by God, but we will never get to enjoy them all as long as we’re putting Him off. “Next year, I’ll start working with the youth choir.” “I’m going to start my weight loss journey and inspire others, but I have so much other stuff going on.” “I am going to go back to school and pursue the business God told me to, but I have to use my money elsewhere right now.” God already knows our shortcomings and what we’re faced with and He still wants to use us. We have all these excuses, but all God wants is a yes. He wants us. Say that to yourself. Out of all the people in the world, God wants me. God wants me. God wants me. He can do it without me, but He wants me anyway.

Exodus 4:10-12 And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.  And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

I can’t imagine how many people would be overjoyed if Beyonce called them and said she wanted them to work with her. Even if they were the green M&M remover, they would be ecstatic to say they work with Beyonce (and don’t let Beyonce know their name). And here it is, the creator of the UNIVERSE wants to work with you. He not only knows you by name, He knows the number of hairs on your head, he knew you before you were even born and wanted you then, no resume needed (Matthew 10:30; Jeremiah 1:5)! The job He has for you is far greater than the green M&M remover. It may not be a fancy title or come with a lot of money but it will be purposeful. It will not only affect you, but everyone who comes in contact with you. You will have the honor of saying God, the creator of the whole entire world, wants me. He chose me.

God has a choice. He will be quite alright without us, but He wants us. Can we say we want God as much as He wants us? Can we say that if He never does another thing, we’ll still chase after Him? No matter who you are, you need God, but we can’t just need God, we have to want Him. You have the choice in wanting Him. Choose God.

Psalms 73:25 Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.