CREATED FOR A PURPOSE
Read Jeremiah 29: 11-13
I know the plans I have for you, says the LORD,
plans for your welfare and not for harm,
to give you a future with hope.
I am only four feet seven inches tall. In kindergarten, I was
constantly teased about my height. The ugly words troubled
me. One day I asked God, “Why did you make me so small?”
Now I am a special education teacher who specializes in
teaching students with impaired vision. Early in my work as a
specialist, the school wanted to place a student who was blind
into a kindergarten class with sighted children. I would assist
him as the classroom teacher gave instruction to the whole
class. This had never been done before.
On his first day of kindergarten I led Carlos to the carpet
and sat beside him. As the kindergarten teacher greeted the
class I whispered to him, “I’m right here.” A spiritual insight
surged through me. God was saying, “For this purpose I
Being small was perfect: I fit into the tiny chairs and at the
learning stations. I taught Carlos to read Braille and helped
him achieve success in
grade after grade until he
graduated from high school.
With God’s help, I was
able to teach students with
special needs for 20 years. I
am thankful that the Lord used me, all four feet seven inches,
to achieve great deeds.
Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to trust your design. Thank you
for helping us to persevere. Amen.
Marion Young (Texas)
Prayer Focus: VICTIMS OF BULLYING
— Jeremiah 29: 11 (NRSV)
Thought for the Day
God has a purpose for me.