BY: GIOVANNA GOMEZ
BIBLE TEXT: “So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.” –Romans 12:1 (The Message)
PERSONAL REFLECTION: God is at work all the time. He is at work when you don’t notice it or when you don’t sense it. He is at work even in the midst of those things we find mundane. Everything we do, if given to God, is used to shape us or bring about His purpose.
I have just finished college and I am now a social worker. I will soon be employed in the field of child welfare—a very challenging career on many levels. As I look back at my life, however, I can see how God placed me in certain situations to build attributes in my character in order to prepare me.
Just four years ago I was a homeschooling mom. If someone would have told me that in the not-so-distant future I would be a college student, I would have never believed them. Homeschooling my children was a calling that I never felt completely prepared for, but that’s the way God seems to like doing things. My lack of expertise kept me seeking Him constantly and it built a muscle of endurance that I would need later in my own schooling. When I felt the call to volunteer at a pregnancy center, I was again in a situation I did not feel prepared for at all. What experience did I have in crisis counseling? ZERO. I did a lot of mundane things at that center like filing and answering phone calls, but the director of the center mentored me. She was willing to answer my incessant questions and trained me. That experience opened my eyes to poverty and to issues surrounding social injustice, abuse, and rape. The process softened my heart and filled it with compassion. I discovered that I was a Pharisee. I judged people for their mistakes. In my so-called righteousness, I only helped people who “deserved” help according to my standards.
Whew! God have mercy on my soul.
I did not want to know this about myself but boy, am I thankful. My worldview, my ethics, and my life was rocked which was something I needed in order to be effective in this new career that I am about to embark on.
The purpose God has for your life is uniquely yours to fulfill and your journey will be completely different from mine. I can tell you, however, that you will never go wrong by saying YES to God and yielding to the Holy Spirit. The mundane, everyday life experiences that seem so routine and humdrum are part of this amazing, bigger picture that your mind could never comprehend. Let God be the Current that guides your life. TRUST HIM. Goodness, just let go! Believe that HE HAS A BETTER PLAN FOR YOU THAT YOU COULD EVER IMAGINE. Your ordinary, boring life? Every little aspect of it is part of that big picture. Don’t question it. You may not see what is happening at the moment but be patient. Our eyes and mind can’t handle the big picture and that’s why we don’t see it, but the big picture is quite magnificent.
PERSONAL APPLICATION: Brother Lawrence, a godly monk who lived in the 17th century, used to say: “God is amongst the pots and pans.” Want to see an example of how a modern day, “ordinary, boring life” can be used by God? Click on the link below and watch a short, two-minute video. Take a look! I bet many of us can relate. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qYobWEjl_A
PRAYER: Father God, I give up. I surrender. I ask that you forgive me for my prideful attitude. How dare I diminish the significance of my life? I ask forgiveness for not aligning my thoughts to yours. Holy Spirit, come into my life. Guide me and show me YOUR way. I am tired of questioning. I relinquish control. I am yours, Lord. Lead me.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Giovanna has been blissfully married to Hubert for almost 26 years. They are parents to Andrew, who recently married Evelyn, and to Rachel who is studying social work in Pennsylvania. They have been citizens of Life Assembly since 2005. Giovanna is about to graduate with honors from Middle Tennessee State University and now that school is over she hopes to take lots of hiking trips, hang out with friends much more often, plant more flowers and vegetables, and read more books.
“Knowledge without transformation is not wisdom.” -P. Coelho