1 Samual 16:7
There is a head knowledge of knowing that what God thinks of me is far more important than what others think of me, but can we be honest here we all have a desire deep down to be liked or have the approval of others. So many times in my life I have felt overlooked as if I couldn’t possibly have something of significance to say, I have been planning retreats and events in a church setting for at least 25 years and every time until most recent years the planning team would always mention women who would be great speakers but never ask me to speak, in fairness I probably didn’t volunteer either because I had that little voice in my head telling me no one wants to hear what you have to say.
Think of it this way, you are lined up in gym class and the teacher says we are going to play kickball, the teacher chooses two players to be captains, usually the ones the teacher knows to be strong players, you are the one who is a little on the heavy side, who is a slow runner, but good at catching and throwing but always the very last to be chosen for either team, you are overlooked because of the extra pounds you carry.
Let’s take a look into Gods word 1 Samual 16:7 tells the story of David being chosen as King when he was just a small boy, David’s Father Jesse lined up all his sons but David for Samual to consider as the future King, was Jesse’s oversight of David intentional? Maybe, maybe not perhaps he thought one of his sons would be immediately taking the throne, whatever his reason we see that David was overlooked, he was left to tend to the sheep.
Like David I always felt overlooked because of my outward appearance, I was a fluffy girl or so I thought back in school, oh what I would give now to be that size, but that is another blog post for another time. God is clear with Samual, this is what the Lord said to him, ” Do not consider his outward appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”(1 Samual 16:7NIV) If we read further on we see that David as a young man took on a giant with only a rock and slingshot, he had a strong faith even when his outward appearance would have made him be overlooked for being on the front lines of any war. We also read that later in life David struggled but God continued to use him even in the seasons of disobedience, again another blog post for another time.
Until 12 years ago I wasn’t really sure of my calling or the direction God wanted me to go, I went on a silent retreat and God got real with me, I have always had a heart that was and is shaped for women’s ministry and like David it was during this retreat that God revealed to me his plan for my life and that was and is to speak and write to the hearts of women and also to create opportunities for both. I know all too painfully what it feels like to be overlooked and now I create opportunities for women to be heard and also like David God didn’t immediately open that door, he took time to grow me and continues to grow me in those areas.
My best friend Jackie and I share a birthday and most always give one another a gift card to a bookstore as we share a love for all things books! This year we went to Barns and Noble and both purchased the same book, Embraced by Lysa TerKeurst, this book has resonated in both our souls, it is funny how Jackie and I talk most days and share a little nugget from this book, how God directs us to just the right message for that day. Lysa is so real in the stories she shares, it was a devotion on 1 Samual 16:7 that really spoke to my heart It wasn’t until I read the prayer at the end of this devotion that it really clicked for me, Lysa prayed the very prayer of my heart ” Dear Lord, I’m grateful that even when I feel overlooked, I can rest in the fact that I am hand picked by you. here is the important part that really spoke deep to my soul, ” Help me live my life for an audience of one, In Jesus name, Amen.”
What a reminder to me that even if God doesn’t open a door for me to speak to the hearts of woman, I should be living my life for an audience of one!
Saved To Serve,
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