Do you want to be used by God? I know I do. But what steps can we take? I discovered that God hides his plans for us in his heart, and when we go after God’s heart, He shows us His plans.
I have done many things like teach Sunday school, disciple people and counsel women. But I wanted more, and I wasn’t even sure what that was. When I sifted through all the possibilities, here was the bottom line: I hungered for a deeper relationship with God.
GOD MEETS OUR NEEDS
However, we usually ask God to meet our needs before we seek him about building our relationship. Before I knew I needed more of God, I had other necessities on my agenda. A hungry baby has milk on his mind and is better able to snuggle with mommy once the bottle is in his mouth. Missionaries often meet basic needs for food and shelter before sharing the gospel.
Physical and inner healing were at the top of my list. Although I didn’t have major childhood trauma, I needed healing from the effects of multiple moves to many states. After becoming a Christian, I dealt with the pain of being hurt by other Christians.
GOD DESIRES OUR FELLOWSHIP
Finally, I came to a point in my journey where I recognized my deepest desire was to know Him better. Little did I realize, that was his deepest desire too.
My greatest accomplishment, raising my family, was complete. Not only did I have more time to spend with my husband, I had more time to spend with God. We raised five amazing children, and poured ourselves into feeding, clothing, and guiding them to be successful adults who could change their world. Frank coached their sports teams. I sang them lullabies about how God has a plan for their lives.
The wisdom and love I learned when we raised our family I now impart to others. Career and family became the training ground for more service in his kingdom.
However, I needed a shift in focus to understand my destiny as an empty nester. I found the secret to walking in my destiny in seeking friendship with God.
God hides his plans for us in his heart, and when we go after his heart, He shows us His plans.
Do you worry you will miss the boat? Does it seem like your dreams get sabotaged?
QUEEN ESTHER SAVES HER PEOPLE
Remember the story of Queen Esther? Haman, one of the king’s officials, plotted to have the Jews annihilated in Persia.
Esther was a Jewish girl whose family had been exiled to Persia when the Persians conquered Israel. Because she was beautiful, Esther was drafted into the king’s harem. King Ahasuerus searched throughout the land for the most beautiful virgins. He looked for someone to replace Queen Vashti who had refused the king’s orders to parade lewdly in front of his drunken guests at a banquet. Esther, who was an orphan, now was separated from the relative who raised her, Mordecai. She could have become bitter and despondent over losing her family and spending the rest of her life in a harem, but she didn’t. Instead, she garnered the favor of Haggai, who oversaw the preparation of the women for their night with the king. Long story short, she became the new queen.
Little did she know that Haman had devised a plan to kill all the Jews in Persia because Mordecai had refused to bow to him and give him the respect he thought he deserved. Haman also planned to hang Mordecai.
Mordecai had no choice but to ask Esther to appeal to the king for mercy. However, she feared approaching the king without being asked. Esther would lose her life if the king chose not to receive her, and he hadn’t spoken with her in over thirty days. Can you imagine your husband is too busy for a month to see you? Besides, he probably spent every night with another woman from the harem. How sure could she be that she still had his favor?
Mordecai admonished her that God chose her for such a time as this—to save the Jewish nation.
Esther decided to risk her life to save her people. She entered the king’s chambers and explained her case, revealing her identity as a Jew.
Esther again pleaded with the king, falling at his feet and weeping. She begged him to put an end to the evil plan of Haman…, which he had devised against the Jews. Esther 8:3
The king held out his scepter and received queen Esther. When he learned that Esther was a Jew, he hanged Haman on the gallows he created for Mordecai and allowed the Jews throughout the Persian empire to defend themselves against any attacks.
The devil had plotted to destroy the Jews and the lineage of the Messiah, however, God knew about Haman’s scheme before it happened. No matter how bleak their prospects looked, God had a plan.
The Hebrew word for “plan” in Esther 8:3 means a thought, plan, or device. We find this same word in Proverbs 19:21:
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
Haman could not demolish God’s plans for the Jewish nation. But God needed someone to say yes to His strategy for deliverance. Esther’s decision to approach the king saved her people.
GOD HAS A BLUEPRINT FOR YOUR LIFE
God has a blueprint for your life, too, and the enemy can’t destroy the plans designed for you. Do not be afraid to go to King Jesus. You will find favor when you choose to share your heart with Him. Put your destiny in his hands and expect to do great things to advance his kingdom.
God hides his plans for you in his heart, and when you go after his heart, He will show you His plans.