Thursday, November 24, 2011

Luckiest Girl In The World

God gives us far more than we deserve.

More specifically, God has given me far more than I deserve.

It’s been a ten-year journey that God has brought me through to get me where I am now. While those ten years are dotted with specific steps towards my journey, God began this far before I even knew.

In June, I went to WorldVenture headquarters for my final interview and training. My first day there I met with a counselor to go over the results of the 5000000 psych and personality exams that I had taken (they seriously don’t joke around with who they accept). One of their goals (beyond confirming that I’m not crazy which, officially, I’m not. Whew) is to make sure that my personality and gifts match up with what I’m going to do overseas.

When people would ask me what I wanted to be some day, I never knew what to say. I was never especially good at anything. I definitely had no athletic ability (my brothers stole every gene for that). I wasn’t especially good at school. I’ve always loved music but lack any kind of musical talent. I always liked reading and writing but I wasn’t good enough to go for a career opportunity in that. Because of this, I didn’t have a clue what I would major in at college or what job I’d have some day. I often felt discouraged and lost.

As the counselor was going over my exam results, she made a startling insight:

“Sarah, with your personality and gifts, you are exactly gifted for what you are going to be doing.”

My eyes filled with tears. How long I had waited to see how God would use me. How long I had wondered what I could possibly be gifted for. How long I had wondered what would fulfill and excite me.

This means that when God was forming me in my mom’s womb…not only creating my physical attributes but my personality and talents…He had a plan. This was not just any plan. This was a specific and beautiful plan that would take 29 years for me to see what was happening. God has been putting this puzzle of my life together and I had yet to see what the picture could even begin to look like. It has been this last year of pieces that I’ve at last been able to glimpse at what the final puzzle could look like. The puzzle is just beginning, really. There’s so much more that He will add. And it’s stunning. It’s more beautiful than I could have dreamed.

I am humbled.

I am unworthy.

I don’t deserve this.

I know so many people that have desires, gifts and talents that they want to use for God but for some reason, the door hasn’t opened. They’re in places that they don’t understand. I’ve been there and it’s beyond painful to watch my dear friends go through it. My heart aches. I feel the excitement of seeing God’s puzzle for my life and I desire that for all of those around me. I want them to have that peace. I want them to have that joy. God's plans aren't my plans though. God's timing isn't my timing. I don’t understand it. I don’t understand what God is doing.

I don’t deserve this.

When people tell me that they can’t believe that I’m going to move to Africa forever, I want to tell them that, really, I’m the luckiest girl in the world. I get to do what God has put in my heart to do…and what could possibly be better than that?

There’s nothing better.

I’m the luckiest girl in the world.


Paulyn said...

Woooe Sara, i am so happy for you that God has a special calling on your life, i am very humbled by this message. You are so special especially for people like us(Hope Alive Students)

Saving God is the best ministry a people can do, i am glad blessings are coming your way.

We can't wait to receive here in Africa.

Much Love
Pauline from Uganda
Hope Alive! student

Mike Pisney said...

Very cool! Our God is so wonderful, and He has gifted you in a very special and specific way!

Hannia said...

you are so funny. ;) really enjoyed reading this and was blessed by it. miss you and excited to hear more!

SarahPish said...

Pauline, I miss you all so much! You are all so special to me as well. Can't wait to return!

Anonymous said...

Sarah, your blog hit home. You know our story. While it's been rough, God isn't through with us. Far from cast aside, I can see God's perfect hand at work. I had dinner with a Muslim co-worker tonight, regularly share Christ at work, and am faithfully serving the Lord. Would I rather be elsewhere? If you had asked me that a couple months ago, I would've said yes. Now, I know that this was God's plan for me and my family all along. We just had a few things to learn and training to receive before we were ready for ministry in Virginia. We're so happy for you and are so excited to see you living your dream and being fulfilled in God's plan for your life!

SarahPish said...

Jeremiah (and Leah!), I thought of you both when I wrote this. I just don't understand how God works sometimes. I'm so thrilled that God is showing you why He has you where you are! There is a peace that comes with that and I pray that you are experiencing that. Praying for you guys!