Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
Let’s go way back in time… quite possibly before time began and crawl into the mind of God. Allow me to conjecture:
“Hmm, let’s see… I love creating people. Now… this one is going to be ‘out of this world.’ I’ve always dreamed of a person like THIS. Just this type of personality… A little more of this, not so much of that. Ah! Ah! Perfect!!! Ok, now let’s see… not many people will have this particular characteristic, but this one will be a bit rare. Mm. nice, VERY nice. Oh, I can’t wait for the right time, because this is just too good!!! I’ve got just the right purpose for this one. And if I put this one into the wrong time, into the wrong family, it would never work. No one can handle these particular challenges like this person. And NO ONE can ever try to accomplish what I’ve made this one to do. Oh, oh, oh… this is so exciting!!!”
And voila…plug in your birth date – and there came a shout from heaven as He unveiled his long awaited masterpiece – His person and His plan. You’re it. You fit the bill and you’re designed to specification.
Now I know that because of the fall we are in need of transformation. We weren’t born perfect. But even after we’ve been born again we still wonder why we can’t be like someone else! We idealize other people’s calling, gifts, and personality while disparaging our own. But, Jeremiah 1:5 serves as a good reminder that you were known before you were made. And after making you He threw away the mold. So avoid imitation.
I like what W.H. Auden has said, “You owe it to all of us to get on with what you’re good at.” There’s certain things that you just can’t do (and that’s okay), but there are other things that you can do like no other.
The Architect labored long at His table, drafting all the exquisite plans, and you have – in Christ – everything you need to do what he’s called you to do.
Before you were even conceived in you mother’s womb, you were conceived in the mind of God.
- Your personality
- Your calling
- Your features
- Your likes
- And even your dislikes… are all the result of God’s mind.
What a liberating thought! There’s a good reason you are the way you are.
“Learn to… be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.” -Henri Frederic Amiel