“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” – Romans 8:28
God uses all of it. He uses every moment of our lives for His glory and His purposes.
Looking at me–with my makeup free face except for most Sundays and hair that is truly unpredictable–you would never think of me as a salon receptionist. But indeed I was. For a portion of my college career I worked at the salon of a friend. During this time I experienced my first facial, first manicure, first pedicure, and even some attempts at hair coloring (although even the hair stylist commented on my wild hair.) As I’ve looked back on that time, I’ve sometimes wondered how and why I had the job.
Yet then this weekend God reminded me He uses it all. While setting up for one of our church outreach ministries this past weekend, I was assigned the job of decorating a tent with candy canes. In securing the candy canes, I thought a bow would be both effective and ascetically pleasing. Yet the thought of making a bow worthy of our church productions was a little bit daunting to me. I admit I was a little hesitant about making a bow out of tulle.
Within moments of my decision to attempt the bow, and after texting my friend my personal opinion that I was “bow-challenged,” God brought to mind a memory from my salon days: the day one of the salon workers showed me how to tie a bow on a present. I could picture her standing there showing me how to create a bow that actually looked pretty. So as I faced the tent this weekend with tulle in hand, I tied the bow the way I was taught so many years ago.
Voilà! A bow! One simple lesson from my days in college working an uncharacteristic job had just enabled me to tie a bow (and 3 more after that) to decorate a tent for ministry. And ministry is truly what makes me tick.
God never makes mistakes. Never. Just as God used David’s time tending sheep to prepare him to be king, God uses every moment of our lives to prepare us for His work. Every moment–even the unusual moments–God uses. He not only uses these moments, He works them “together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”