We all know God has a special purpose for each of our lives, but do we know what that is? I think it’s safe to say we all struggle with worrying about our future and how God will use us in this world. I know for a lot of people my age, it is so difficult to be patient and allow God to show us where we should be, when we should be moving, and when we just need to wait. The thing we need to remember is to take it one step at a time. Waiting for God to show you the next thing is one of those steps. While you’re in the period of waiting, you should continue to prepare yourself for what is yet to come. Continue to grow in your relationship with God. When you are ready, he will take you where you need to go, open doors you never even knew were there. I am experiencing just how much God can show you if you’ll just be patient and listen! It is also really fun to see where he is sending others, and how God can use YOU to support them on their journey.
I was at Creation Festival last week for the first time. It was such a cool experience to be surrounded by thousands of people who share faith in Jesus. The positivity of all the sayings on T-shirts, the smiles of strangers as they walked past each other, the passion that radiated through the crowds, it all gave me such hope for the future. I know that as each of those people went back to their lives, they had so many stories to tell whether it was encounters with new friends, words they heard from the guest speakers, or even just hearing lyrics to songs they already know, live. The experience was powerful to many.
I met a lot of people during my time at creation. It doesn’t take long for others to realize I am a people person. I love connecting with new people and just sharing friendly conversation. I think it is so cool to meet people my age who share my beliefs. It is easy to support each other since a lot of us are in a similar place in our lives, trying to find our purpose. Lately I’ve been meeting so many young adults with such a passion for Jesus and for others, and it’s been so uplifting with such a positive influence on my outlook of the world. However, I met one special person last weekend who is much younger. A 10-year-old boy named Devon.
My friends and I were sitting on a blanket watching Skillet play on Saturday night. Despite the high energy from the “mosh” crowd up front, we decided to go sit down for a bit because we were so exhausted from camping. Just a few minutes after we sat down, this little boy wearing light up shoes, glow sticks, and lights attached to his entire outfit approached us. “Free pictures with me if you want!!” he yelled. It was adorable! My cousin, her friend, and I looked at each other with huge smiles and said, “Yes!! We would love a picture with you!” My friend took the picture, then we each hugged the little boy, thanked him, and told him how cool we thought he was. Then, without any hesitation, he proceeds to tell us he has autism, starts listing all these facts about it, and how he’s not really all that different from everyone else. He tells us he’s been through a lot with teasing and bullying in school. He said, “I just want everyone to know about autism and understand it! I don’t want anyone else to have to go through what I went through, so I’m telling everyone!” In that moment I realized what a gift this little boy is. This 10-year-old is willing to put himself out there using his own experiences that have made him stronger, to help those who cannot stand up for themselves. Many children his age are too shy to share what they believe or to turn their rough experiences into a way of helping others. Plenty of adults even struggle with this!
After a few minutes of speaking with him, his mother approached us to check on him. Hearing from his mother and him for just a short few minutes really showed how strong this boy is. It reminded me how God takes the weakest people and makes them strong. Just by knowing God, this small, seemingly weak boy has all the strength in the world and uses it to help others who are weak! How inspiring is that?
9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. -2 Corinthians 12:9-10
It is pretty clear to me what God’s purpose for this boy is. I hope to one day see him as an inspirational speaker, spreading his love, God’s love, and autism awareness to future Creation Festival crowds.
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. -Matthew 5:14-16
So whether or not God has shown you your next step yet, keep spreading his love wherever you are now. You never know how, where, or when God will open a new door for you. He will take you where you need to go. Just be patient, pray, and trust in him!
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. -Philippians 4:6-7
Be strong, stay positive, love unconditionally~Mady