Lately, when people ask me how I am doing I am compelled to respond with, “I am crazy, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious, amazingly FANTASTIC!!!” Their mouths kinda drop open as they try to process my answer and what I am talking about. Then, I follow up with, “I have FINALLY found the problem I was BORN TO SOLVE!”. 😍😍
Everything and Everyone that exists on this planet Earth exists to solve some orld. No one is on Earth by random selection or accident. Everyone has been given a Divine Gift to meet some need in the Universe. No one is born by mistake.
When you find your God-given gift; you find the reason you were born. Have you found yours yet?
To explain what I am talking about, I want to share with you a short story, based on real events, I wrote titled: The Apostle Peter’s Shadow.
The Apostle Peter’s Shadow for most of Peter’s adolescent and adult life seem to exsist for no apparent reason.
You should understand, the Apostle Peter was a fisherman by trade and by long family tradition. Fisherman live a nocturnal lifestyle. They go out on the sea while the sun is still down, and cast their nets to see what they can catch by sunrise. ( Refer to book of Luke 5:1-5) Most early mornings, when the sun is on the rise and shadows are being “created/ born”, fishermen are returning home after a long night’s work to rest and sleep and get ready for the next evening’s work night. Peter’s Shadow (could have) thought his existence and purpose in life was to watch Peter while he slept during the day.
Have you ever felt like Peter’s Shadow? Wondering, Questioning, Why am I here? What is the reason for my existence? Is my life purpose to just watch myself live a boring life of eating, sleeping and no real impact or purpose? Until one day, I am buried and no one will ever remember that I was here?!
If you can relate to this, continue reading.
Peter’s Shadow existence radically changed on that fateful day (Book of Luke 5). That morning when shadows are ‘born’, ‘Shadow’ noticed a shift in Peter’s daily routine. , Peter decided to follow Jesus instead of return home for his normal nap time. Shift #1.
The rest of the AMAZING changes that Shadow ‘witnessed’ are available for you to read yourself, I will not write about all them in this short story.
However, there is one other Shift that I want to point out that radically changed Shadow’s perspective of why he existed.
Imagine for a moment, that you have felt like Shadow. You have felt the feelings of uselessness, boredom, purposelessness, and the feeling of being completely invisible to the world around you. Imagine….one morning, before 9 am (Standard Middle East time)… something AMAZING changes You, FOREVER.
The day of Pentecost when all the believers are together praying (probably throughout the night) and suddenly a violent wind fills the whole room and tongues of fire are resting on each of the Apostles. And they all start speaking languages that they were not their native language. (Book of Acts 1-2). Peter stands up and addresses the crowd of thousands at the Jewish Pentecost Festival and says, “What you are witnessing is an act of God,…it’s not even 9 in the morning.”
“Shadow’ was just in his beginning stages that morning (most shadows are at their strongest peak at High noon of the day) but he ‘witnessed’ the whole incredible event in Acts 1-2.
From that point on, EVERYTHING changed and EVERYONE noticed “Shadow’. He was no longer invisible and useless anymore. The sick and dying were laid I’m the street, so that Peter’s Shadow could fall on them and they would be healed. (Book of Acts 5:14-16)
Do you want to find your reason for living?
Do you want to know what is the need you were born to serve?
Do you want to know what is your Divine Gift?
My suggestion for you is…Ask God…Ask the Divine Creator who is the Source of your gift and life…Go to a quiet place and pray and seek the answer in silence.
I truly believe that God will ANSWER you. (Book of Jeremiah 29)
Nothing exists without a purpose. Everyone on Earth has a Divine Gift inside of them. Everything on the Earth is created for a reason, a reason to serve, to meet some need. Nothing is an Universal accident. Not even the Apostle Peter’s Shadow..😊