"So, chosen by God for this new life of love, dress in the wardrobe God picked out for you: compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline. Be even-tempered, content with second place, quick to forgive an offense. Forgive as quickly and completely as the Master forgave you. And regardless of what else you put on, wear love. It's your basic, all-purpose garment. Never be without it."
Recently, I was asked if I would take on a particular task. To be honest, I didn't want to do it. I hesitated. I felt ill-equipped. Yet, I accepted. Not because I wanted to, but because The Lord told me to.
I wish I could say I completed the task with flying colors...I did not. I felt like I failed...failed miserably. I told God, "I am done. I am not doing these types of tasks ANYMORE". (Of course, the enemy of our soul always accuses, condemns, shames, and magnifies a situation to make it appear worse than it actually is).
I was outside while while grumbling to God. Just as I said, "I'm done", a butterfly tenderly landed on my shoulder. In fact, it didn't budge at all - it stayed awhile. I knew God was speaking to me through this little creature.
Similarly to what we read in Colossians, the butterfly represents "new life" and has in fact "worn many wardrobes". In the same token, God also takes our frail humanity through many different seasons throughout our life. Good or bad, it is all for our embetterment. In my situation, being the perfectionist that I am...nothing less than the best is acceptable.
And there you have it...maybe that's what God was trying to teach me. Maybe to truly be all that He wants me to be, I need to rely on His strength and not my own. The butterfly after all, does represent "compassion, kindness, humility, quiet strength, discipline." Maybe my task wasn't a failure at all. Maybe God completed what He wanted to do in me. Maybe the little miracles along the way were the BIG miracles!
Nothing about our lives is random or accidental. The truth of the matter is, I know I was born for such a task. And so are you. We are all chosen for a particular task that can be done by no one else. We need to be diligent in listening to God's voice calling us to that task--and encouraging others to be similarly obedient.
Maybe we don't know the true meaning of "success". Maybe God's view and our view of success differs. And the truth if the matter is, if you are a brave enough soul to step out in obedience to Him, you are already successful!
It takes practice, patience, training, and yes - maybe even some "oops" along the way before we can truly become "experts". So when the enemy of your soul tries to tell you, "you can't", "you're not good enough", "you're ill-equipped", be obedient to God anyway, look the enemy straight in the eye remind him, "I was made for this"!
Christina is the founder of Relentless Love Ministries and lives in Linton. She is an active speaker, guest lecturer, and published author. For more information, questions, or comments, email firstname.lastname@example.org.