The Restructuring Process

Discovering your life's purpose can be difficult. As humans, we're so inundated with societal systems and other people's expections. We're worried about what will they think if I do this? How am I going to look or be perceived if I say that? The list goes on and on. Throughout Bible history, there were times when individuals we admire in the literary sense had apprehensions about what others would think about them. For example, Moses was self-conscious about his speech lisp when he was called on assignment by God to deliver the children of Israel (Exodus 4:10). Jeremiah was encouraged by God to shift his focus from the fact that his was a young prophet, but wanted him to be courageous in delivering God's message (Jeremiah 1:7).

All of us have things about us that can be a personal hindrance despite our gifts and callings. You may not have been born in an ideal family union, or perhaps you were, but you have some physical issues you struggle with because you were bullied when you were young. Your financial status might be embarrassing because you've been laid off,  or you're dealing with a chronic illness that prevents you from generating income, and other people know about your crisis. Your marriage may be on the verge of sinking, or you're worried about your children. Whatever your personal struggle is, God knows and understands what you're going through. However, your ability to complete your God-given assignment is not based on being perfect. Your experiences or shortcomings actually empower you for your calling. Paul said in II Corinthians 12:9 that ... "My strength is made perfect in weakness." What this means is that when you say yes to God's assignment for your life, he will give you the grace to complete it. God told Jeremiah 1:7 ... "Thou shalt go to all that I send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak."

Your struggles are also created as development tools to equip you for your assignment. When you think about tools, these instruments are made of hard material such as steel. A screwdriver is meant to fasten one thing to another. A wrench's purpose is to tighten bolts that hold materials together. A saw is meant to divide parts that will be used for other purposes. A drill is meant to make holes for screws and bolts to be united together. The same process can be seen in the restructuring process of our lives. Sometimes God allows hard circumstances to manifest in our lives to hold us together or divide relationships that are no longer beneficial to us in order to make room for other relationships and opportunities to form for the next phase of our lives.

If you think about furniture and buildings, over the course of time, parts will become loosen making the once admired structures look unattractive. Since God is the potter in your life (Jeremiah 18:1-6), will you allow Him to continue the restructuring process so that he can change your focus, refine your character, cleanse your wounds, improve your speech, and use you as a vessel that others can look to for guidance?