The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life. Job 33:4
This year, more then any other I have had before, my constant prayer is that God will use me in mighty ways to make changes in other peoples lives. I have had people in my walk with the Lord that have made a mighty impact in my life. Some of them will never know what a mighty impact they have made. Words they have spoken into my life have floated back into my head just at the times I have needed those words. Things people have done for me, when I was down and out, have really stayed in my memory too. So I want to make an impact. Not for the world to know about but for that one person to think about somewhere down the road, as I have thought about others who sowed into my life.
I believe that when we bring our prayers to God and we ask Him to use us, we better be ready. He won’t do it in the way we expect Him too. That brings me to something that happened yesterday that I would love to share with you.
I live in El Prado, NM that is just outside of Taos, NM. I do my shopping in Taos. So yesterday, I had to go to the post office and then to the grocery store. Truthfully, I wasn’t dwelling on, or even thinking of, the prayer above. I was going about my errands and singing along to my Barry and Batya Segal CD in the car.
Now Taos is an interesting place for a Christian to live. If ever there was a place that needed the healing power of God this is the place. The majority of them do not want a personal relationship with God. This isn’t a place to talk love; it’s a place to walk love.
Things happen here that don’t happen anywhere else. There is a saying here, that I learned after the first year, “This is Taos,” whenever something odd, or bizarre happens it is overlooked because “This is Taos.”
So because “This is Taos,” I wasn’t surprised at all when a woman approached me as I was putting my groceries in the back of the car. It was early morning and cold and she was bundled up and so was I. She started to speak and it was so cold her breath could literally be seen flowing from her mouth. She approached me and opened a pouch, in the pouch was several pairs of beautiful earrings that she had made. She asked me if I would like to buy a pair of earrings. Sometimes I do because I have a couple of online businesses from which I sell jewelry. This time I had no extra money.
I have a habit of looking people squarely in the eyes. The Natives Americans are often very spiritual in their own way. She was sizing me up and noticing my intent gaze at her face.
She said as she pointed to a place beside her nose, “Do you see this on my face?” Then she said, “I was burned as a child.”
The truth is that until that very moment I hadn’t even noticed that. I replied truthfully, “ I hadn’t even noticed that. You have such a beautiful personality that is all I saw.”
She startled me then because she got tears in her eyes and replied, “That is the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me!” She was young and very self-conscious. I said, “Well it’s the truth,” and she said softly, “Thank-you” and went on her way.
I got into my car and my heart was breaking for that young woman. God gave me discernment that the woman had been told for so long that she was unattractive that she believed it. She was sure that everyone who looked at her saw her facial imperfections. Truthfully, I did not. She was bright, bubbly and friendly. That is all I saw.
There are so many times when we feel that we have to be perfect looking. We are told that if we are not perfect in face and figure, we are “less then.” How many people have been bullied into thinking they are not attractive? How many of us have a feature that we don’t like and obsess on that, like that woman did?
In God’s eyes we are all beautiful! God had me experience looking at that woman and seeing only beauty. The same thing He see’s when He looks at you and me.
I said to God, “What just happened here God?” What was the meaning of this interaction?” It was so clear to me that God had made sure that I was simply a vessel He used to build up that woman’s self esteem. His words for her flowed out of me without me having to think of them. That’s how I knew it was a God thing.
God spoke to my heart. “You have had days in the past when you didn’t understand one thing or the other about yourself. You questioned me as to why you were born with this imperfection or the other. You, and all my children, were born exactly as you are to fit into my plan. Had you not had insecurities about your own looks you would not have had the compassion you did for the woman I sent across your path today! I have a purpose for everything I do. You were destined before you were born for this very moment in time. “
Tears filled my eyes. God is answering my prayer to bring hurting people across my path and I believe everyday He can bring them across your path also beloved. Every tear we have shed and every hurt we have endured and overcome has prepared us to be used for His glory and to give love, compassion and hope to those He sends to us!
You are His beautiful child, the apple of His eye. Every imperfection you think you see was put there for His glory. It is a reflection of Him, and starting right this minute you will never again think of yourself as anything but perfect!
In His Unconditional Love,