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Turn Around, God Wants To Use You

Originally published Thursday, 27 February 2014.

The plan was to race out, pick up my twins from preschool and then head straight to the grocery store for my rainbow roll.

I wanted sushi for lunch.

It’s what I had been thinking about all morning! Yes, I was hungry and I was on a personal mission to satisfy my desire. It was my plan and I was sticking to it.

As I begin loading the girls into the minivan, I heard a voice calling out to me. I turned to see a fellow preschool mom dragging her 2 year old and 5 year old across the parking lot.

“Can you give me a ride home?”

She began to explain the problems she was having with her car and that she now needed someone to help her to get home.

I was the someone she needed.

The letters S-U-S-H-I flashed across my forehead.

I was hungry remember? Please don’t judge me!

We all hopped into the van and headed in the opposite direction of my grocery store and my lunch. The distance between me and my desire was growing farther and farther apart because someone else needed me.

Isn’t that just like God? Here I had been thinking about fulfilling my personal desire for the majority of my morning, and there He was thinking of how He could answer my prayer. You know, the prayer we all pray, “Lord, I pray that you use me today.”

I think you would agree that the decision to help my sweet preschool mommy friend was an easy one.

However, how often do you allow a personal drive to put miles between you and something that God is asking you to do?  

When you pray for God to use you, He will. Sometimes in the most obvious ways and others times just from showing His love and meeting the immediate need of someone. However it happens, be prepared. Be available and willing to turn around and do what He is asking you to do. 

You are never too far gone or headed in the wrong direction for God to use you.