I love reading Billy Coffey’s blog. He tells stories like Jesus told parables. A master storyteller can take familiar threads of every day situations and weave a tapestry of profound insights. His simple stories somehow make you feel wiser for having read them.
I sit at my computer and yearn to do the same. I desperately desire to write that way. I wish… and then I wonder. Are my longings a prayer or a grumble?
God speaks as if to clear my clouded thoughts.
“What sorrow awaits those who argue with their Creator? Does a clay pot argue with its maker? Does the clay dispute with the one who shapes it, saying, ‘Stop, you’re doing it wrong!’ Does the pot exclaim, ‘How clumsy can you be?’ How terrible it would be if a newborn baby said to its father, ‘Why was I born?’ or if it said to its mother, ‘Why did you make me this way?’”
This is what the Lord says—the Holy One of Israel and your Creator: “Do you question what I do for my children? Do you give me orders about the work of my hands?” Isaiah 45:9-11 NLT
As the oil of the Holy Spirit pours into my jar I am reminded of my purpose. And of my gifts, which are not the same as Billy Coffey’s.
I want to create my works of art, but God wants me to see myself as the masterpiece. His masterpiece.
We are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. Ephesians 2:10 NASB
God has shaped us in the exact form He chose for us so that we could accomplish His plans.
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails. Proverbs 19:21
God has called and equipped Billy Coffey to write engaging prose. He has called and equipped me to teach the Word of God. He has called and equipped you for something too.
Do you know what your calling is? The words from the pen of another Billy just came to mind. This Billy wrote a song with a phrase that could’ve been sung over you by God. (If you don’t think God sings over you, read Zephaniah 3:17.) I can almost hear Him now as He belts out that He loves you just the way you are.