More than one year ago, a friend penned these words to me:
You're too talented to follow in anyone else's shadow.
You're too valuable to live someone else's destiny.
You're Lorina... and God has plans for you!
I wondered if my friend was right. A destiny seemed hard to believe in when today seemed like nothing special. But my friend's words remained tucked away in my mind, only to surface later on when I heard a song, A Sparrow Song.
I wasn't sure about this song when I first heard it... In the words of a friend, "It's kinda strange..."
But I came to see in this song a message that has impacted me greatly.
Oh, how I identify with that little sparrow... Though I may not be the biggest, the brightest, the boldest... whatever the "est" is, that doesn't discount a plan, purpose, destiny from the Creator.
God's purpose for me was designed with me in mind.
It's okay to be one of "the least of these". The goal is not to be someone I'm not, but to be the person God created me to be. The goal is not to strive to be great, but to be like Jesus.
And if that's one of "the least of these", it's okay.
The little sparrow displays a level of contentment, humbleness, and praise to God that a king would envy. And that's exactly what God will give me, if I first give myself to Him.
Does God have a purpose for me? A journey of years, but I can say with utmost assurance that yes, He does. And there is beauty in the fact that it's not just for me, but for you. Then, like two little sparrows, together we can sing praises to God saturated with the simplicity of contentment, humbleness, and gratitude.