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SHE didn't do it herself


I’m not a teacher, but I have the privilege to work in the schools. One of the cool perks of being a school employee is getting to witness the pop-up art museums that occur on Monday mornings after a school project was assigned. I love to go down the hallway to observe and admire the creative 3-D projects based on childhood book classics like “The Hungry Caterpillar” or Solar System dioramas.

One thing no one typically says however, although we all think it is, “This kid clearly didn’t make this.” For generations, the educational system has supported take-home projects for children that inevitably requires heavy parent involvement to complete. No educator in their right mind expects for their 7 year old student to just have a poster board, glitter glue, googly eyes, or paper mache just laying around in their room. Yet, the projects that they expect their students to complete require things that are completely out of their own financial and physical reach. After a weekend of sticky fingers from glue and a floor full of glitter and paint, the kids proudly walk into their classrooms with a perfectly, well put together project that very obviously has their parent’s name written all over it.

In our daily faith walk, we are called to do things, big or small, that require inner abilities that we may not know we had. Maybe you struggle with public speaking or you never quite became fluent in the 3 different languages you tried to learn on Rosetta Stone. However, God is calling you to now speak in front of crowds or travel to a new location where your native language is not spoken. It doesn’t seem to make sense.

Why would God call us to do something, with something we don’t know we have?

Easy. He wants His name to be all over it. He wants to bring us to a place where we’re completely and utterly dependent on Him like a child who can’t drive themselves to Walmart to pick up needed supplies for their project. He wants us to trust that He knows how to put together all the pieces to our life’s project so that when it’s time to present (and represent), it’s clear who was behind it.

“I will set junipers in the wasteland, the fir and the cypress together, so that people may see and know, may consider and understand, that the hand of the Lord has done this,that the Holy One of Israel has created it.”

-Isaiah 41:19-20

God knows what I and you can do “by ourselves” and quite honestly so can we. I don’t need to be in an interview to be able to tell you what my strengths and weaknesses are. Instead God wants to bring us to a place where He can expose all the hidden areas of our lives that perhaps fear or control have been secretly holding hostage for the glory of His kingdom.

Our heavenly Father knows that there are circumstances in our lives that are completely out of the realm of control or wisdom. He knows that if we allow Him to take control, we will be able to do things that are beyond our own abilities and will have His name stamped all over it. What would your life’s art project look like if you gave Him full control?


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