The Goof

11 04 2012

I goofed. It wasn’t a big deal. I pressed the wrong button and sent when I meant to save. I was holding the words for a specific time, but they flew into the world of cyberspace before I could pull them back.

Sitting at my desk, I kicked myself. I told myself that it didn’t really matter, that others would forgive my timing failure, and that no one would care, but I cared. Frustrated, I closed my computer, seeing only the cracks in my well-laid plan.

God used those cracks to show me His glory. What I meant to control, God used to bestow grace. God took what I saw as a mistake and wrapped His presence around hearts that were hurting. It wasn’t the words that made a difference. What caught their attention was the timing.  Shattered and vulnerable, God provided just what they needed in exactly the moment they needed it. He provided them with an answer, with Himself, through what I only saw as failure.

I am so humbled. When will I learn to take my eyes off myself? I am so thankful that God pulled back the curtains and allowed me a glimpse of His power and movement. God’s plan is perfect, His timing impeccable, and His goodness unparalleled. He uses everything to weave His love into our lives, His grace into our circumstances, and His presence around our hearts. Even our mistakes, our goofs, and our miscues can be transformed for His purpose.

My Jesus Resolution today is to put everything into His hands. There are too many things that I hold onto because I think that they are of no use to Him. I mistakenly believe that God will only use the perfect, the flawless, or the things I think measure up. He wants it all. He can and will take my faults, my failings, and my flops and use them to draw me closer to His heart. “But we have this treasure in jars of clay, to show that the surpassing power belongs to God and not to us.” – 2 Corinthians 4:7


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