Sometimes I feel like my life is full of happiness and joy and other times it feels like it is full of grief and strife. Many times my grief and strife is because of my own pride and sinful behavior. Sometimes circumstances, that are beyond my control, cause me pain and sadness.
If you have felt this way before, you are not alone. Everyone goes through times of grief and strife, sadness and pain. In all this, I want you to know that you are just like a copy machine. A copy machine? Yes a copy machine.
There are many aspects of a copy machine that replicate your life and mine. In this first part, I will show you an aspect that we are not in control of, but is very important to understand, to appreciate the lessons later. First and foremost, copy machines are manufactured for a specific purpose.
In all my years repairing copiers, I have found that each type of machine is manufactured specifically to achieve some sort of specific purpose. All copiers are divided into segments. A segment 1 machine you can typically find in your home. A segment 6 machine you will most likely find in a professional print shop. Each machine has its purpose.
Some copiers are meant to produce a small amount of black and white copies while others are meant to produce high quality color prints. There are copiers that scan to email, while others produce books. Almost everywhere you see a print, poster or book, most likely it was produced on some sort of print or copier device.
When a manufacturer produces a copier, they go through a lengthy process of asking themselves:
“What can I improve upon from the last copier?”
“What can I remove from the last copier?”
What does the customer wish to see?”
“How can we make this copier more profitable?”
These types of questions, guide the manufacturer in how they produce their specific copy machine. In fact, did you know you were made that way?
In the Psalms, Kind David expressed, “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:13-14 ESV)
Isn’t that awesome? You and I have been “knitted” together. Every strand of DNA has been placed there; every cell has been created, specifically for you. Think about it for a minute. The color of your eyes, the color of your hair, how tall (or in my case short) you, all specifically made just for you. Science has also proven this to be fact. If you ask a biologist about DNA they can explain that DNA are programmed with a specific function. Yes, even our DNA is programmed specifically!
God has created us and we should know that we have a specific purpose in His mind. Proverbs 16:4 states “The LORD has made everything for its purpose, even the wicked for the day of trouble.”(ESV) Even the wicked are made for a purpose. Everything and everyone has a purpose, a specific purpose.
You and I are made by our Creator with specifics in His mind. You and I are created by His hands, using His mind for His purpose. For many years, people thought God was a judge or king sitting on a throne waiting for someone to do wrong so he can zap them with a lightning bolt or flood. How mislead we are if we think that way. God is not waiting for someone to mess up. He is waiting for someone to open the door of their heart.
In Revelation 3:20 we see Jesus saying, “Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” He wants to have a relationship with you and I. He is not waiting for us to screw up, but He is waiting for us to open our hearts and lives to him.
Just like a manufacturer creates a copy machine to do specific jobs, so you and I were made for a specific purpose in God’s mind and heart. No matter how we may feel, no matter how our lives may be jammed, we must realize and know that God loves us and wants us to be in a relationship with Him. Once we accept this, we then react by wanting and desiring to do His will, His purpose in our lives. Do you feel like your life is jammed? Look to God and ask Him, what purpose does my life have in your Kingdom? Then wait, He will answer and remove the jam.