I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. -Psalm 139:14
It’s often easier to hear the noise of the world around us rather than God’s voice. Our identity is now shaped by whose voice is loudest in our lives. Who do we follow? At a time when our politics are so divided and polarized, we may find ourselves identifying with specific groups: are we Republican or Democrat; conservative or liberal; follower or leader; submissive or aggressive?
I have found that I don’t fit into any of those categories, at least not all the time. I am sometimes liberal and sometimes conservative. I have been a leader, but at times am happy to follow. I have strength in certain areas, but most of the time, I recognize my weakness compared to His majesty. And still, God can use me. In studying how God has interacted with His people throughout scripture, I have realized that He uses those who are strong and wise, as well as those who are broken and flawed. And these characters of the Bible did nothing to earn the privilege of being part of God’s plan, just as I cannot make myself into one who is noticed by Him.
He made me and shaped me into who I am today. And despite the messiness, He chose to love me enough to die for me and redeem me. God came and loved me first, knowing my strengths and weaknesses, triumphs and failures. Knowing all this, He still allows me to be part of His good and perfect plan. At a time when a thousand voices are pulling me to join their side or their cause, I remind myself that I have to follow the voice of my Maker.