I used to hate reading. It was my least favorite thing to do, and all throughout my years in school, I dreaded having to do summer reading assignments, etc. Now, as a writer, reading is something I try to do as often as I can to learn, grow, and be inspired. It is something I enjoy doing, and it is a way of “escape” as I dive into stories and the lives of others in book form.
I just finished reading I Can Only Imagine by Bart Millard, the lead singer of the band Mercyme (By the way, if you have not read the book or seen the movie, you NEED to!), and I am a couple chapters shy from finishing another book titled Hello My Name Is (by Christian artist Matthew West) that I have been reading long before I even started reading Bart’s book.
In Chapter 13 of Hello My Name Is, these verses were used:
“But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:” – 1 Corinthians 1:27-28
If you told me when I was younger that my life was going to be a complicated mess starting at the age of 14, I would have either been terrified for my life or would have not believed you.
I have gone through ten surgeries, which will add up to eleven surgeries tomorrow, as a Crohn’s Disease patient, and I have lost four family members all since 2014. If you have read my other blog posts, you know how messy my life has been, but you also know how much God has been at work through it all.
The same goes for you.
These two verses in 1 Corinthians 1 have so much value to them. There are so many people these days who are mistreated on many different levels for several different reasons. Some have been bullied, others have been neglected, lied to, abused, etc., but God wants those broken people. He wants the hurting. He wants the suffering. He wants the weak. He wants YOU.
It is in our weakest areas where God makes us strong and shows us who we really are in Him. He uses our pain to be someone else’s healing. He uses our insecurities to help someone with their self-esteem. He uses the unpopular to show others that they are of great value. He uses people right where they are and takes them to places they never thought they’d go.
Through my disease, God has allowed me to grow as a writer, and He uses my writing talent in such ways as writing songs, blogs, etc. in order to encourage and help others who are struggling. He allowed me to start a non-profit organization to help young surgery patients. I’ve been able to share my testimony both in-person and on my social media pages, and it has been so encouraging to myself to see God at work in people’s lives through my pain.
Whatever you are struggling with, God wants your struggle. Back in the Old Testament, it talks about Moses, a man who struggled with his speech, but God used him to be one of the greatest leaders in Bible history for His glory.
Maybe you feel like a nobody, but God will turn you into a somebody. He wants the things that people think are foolish even though you may think they are not. He wants the weak things in order to prove His power over your life in order to make you strong.
Hand over your situation to Him today, and watch Him work in ways that you could never imagine.
In His eyes, YOU are not a nobody, but rather, you are a somebody. Your story matters, and YOU matter.