Amazed At His Plan!

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David anointed king I will never forget what happened when the tiny Kindergartener was called to come forward.  The class went wild with uncontrolled laughing while blurting out comments like, “We know it’s not him…he’s a runt!”, “God would never choose him, he could never be a king!”,  “He just needs to sit back down!”…I knew it would happen, but a great truth was about to be learned.

While teaching a unit on the life of David, one of the lessons was on the anointing of young David. In the lesson as Samuel was searching the brothers to see who God was calling, I called my big 5th graders to stand up front…along with a tiny kindergartener. Looking them over I asked the question, “Who do you suppose God will choose–this big one, this strong one or maybe this handsome one…he surely looks like he would make a great king?”

The children were shouting and shaking their heads. Then I walked over and choose my tiny kindergartener. The children started laughing as I put the robe and crown on him. They were amazed at my choice –The impact of this lesson is that we serve a God that is not interested in what people can see on the outside…He has the power to look right down inside of us and see our heart!

Many don’t realize it, but from before conception, God had a plan and purpose for our life…. Your Life! My Life!  Every child!  We are created by a God that loves us, has a purpose for us,  and desires to use our lives in ways we can’t even imagine…BIG ways! Only God knows what that purpose is and he is interested in our heart condition way more than our looks.   I sure am glad about that. 🙂

Sometimes it is the small things that are really the big things.  Our faithfulness and attentiveness to his leading is crucial to his plan for our lives.

For many of us, God has placed children in our lives.  You may be a parent, grand parent, teacher, mentor…it doesn’t matter…God has placed them there.

God has given me an abundance of children to mentor, teach and lead spiritually and it is the delight of my soul.  I see each of them with huge potential.  A call to children may seem small and insignificant to some, but to me it is the greatest calling, it is soul satisfying.

Kids need dedicated people in their lives to nurture their spiritual life and walk with them on this faith journey.  –I was one of those little children who someone took an interest in and nurtured.

“How can they call on him in whom they have not believed? How shall they believein him whom they  have not heard? And how shall they hear unless someone tells them?” Romans 10:14

She taught, encouraged, and believed in me, as she prayed for God’s best in my life.  I am forever grateful!  Not all of the children that God puts into our lives will be our own, but they are there for a reason.  Don’t  just stay in busy mode, consider why God brought them into YOUR path.   As those children who don’t seem as loveable or attentive, plug into our lives, our children’s lives, and our ministries and have been placed in our sphere of influence… consider this…

“They may be the David’s that God will raise up and use in a mighty way!”  

Their future will amaze us….the greatness of this little person may be the biggest opportunity God ever sends your way!  We may be amazed by his plan and purpose of greatness in the smallness of the  least expected.

Writing this has been a challenge to my own heart to be more intentional than ever before to nurture and pour God’s Truth into the soul life of the next generation of believers.   Right here where I am and right where you are…together we are all making a vast difference in some child’s life!

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  1. May God bless you richly for your faithful service to children! What a wonderful lesson!
    God bless,
    Laurie

  2. I agree with Laurie! A beautiful lesson and a reminder that no matter what we do or plan, God has a plan for us. And even when we don’t think we are “qualified”, he calls us to do great things! Thank you this reminder 🙂

    • Thank you Michelle! God is more concerned about our hearts. Your right even when we think we are not qualified…we better look out…because God is seeing something else! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  3. Cathy, This is such a powerful post and important reminder! Thank you for inspiring me!

  4. Great lesson for children. And you are right, even Davids family did not think he would be chosen. His father did not even bother to have him in with the rest of his boys when the king was chosen. A good example of how God looks at the heart, and can use anyone of us to do great things.

    • Thanks Sophia! In our society everyone is so focused on the outside they forget about or over look the condition of the heart. So glad God doesn’t. Thank you for stopping by. I love your blog…it is great!

  5. Oh AMEN Cathy! I have been privileged to pour into the lives of not only my own four children, but many children through teaching preschoolers at Church. It is a delight to give them the Word of God and His promises and see them grow!

  6. What an awesome illustration for your class of children and then it flows over to us and our expectations and we realize that the youngest, perhaps one with NO talent can be used of God. Thank you for sharing your lovely post with us here at “Tell Me a Story.” At: http://letmetelluastory.blogspot.com/

  7. What a powerful lesson! I love how you demonstrated David’s story, Cathy! And I needed this pep talk as I begin to plan for our upcoming year of schooling from the comforts of home 🙂 Blessings!

    • Carrie, I am so pleased this post gave you a little pep. Just always remember…there is nothing greater you can give your children than your time and teaching. The things of God you are teaching them are more critical than imaginable, because of the condition of this old world they will be living in. I teach an afterschool Bible Club in an elementary school to 150+ children and so many of their lives are heartbreaking. The enviroment is dark and they have been exposed to so much soooo early. I think you are courageous to take on the education of your children! Blessings…<><...Cathy

  8. rhonda bailey says:

    What a great story! Must read!

  9. Beautiful lesson and illustration! I think that being called to work with children is a huge responsibility and blessing. Thanks for impacting so many little lives and for sharing with the Saturday Soiree Blog Party! I am a new follower!

    • Children truly are a huge blessing! Thank you so much for following. What a blessing to connect with you from the Soiree Blog Party. I checked out your blog and love your heart!

  10. Hi Cathy! It is very true how working with children is such a great calling. I have been working with children for years now, and it has been one of my greatest joys. The amount you learn from teaching children is such a blessing. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    • Amen Kelly! Children are one of the richest mission fields on earth yet so few realize this. I will never regret any time given to the children. Thanks so much for stopping by. I enjoyed meeting you. 🙂

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