“Discovering Surprises Within You”



BY Dona Hake

Today I am thinking about individuals that spoke into my life at a particular time when I needed it  most.  It was a time in which I knew I was to step forward into doing something I did not think I could do.  I thank God for those times in my life for those that have spoken words into my heart at the exact moment that I needed.  These are times in which I have received courage to do what I thought I could not do.

 Many years ago our Christian school was soon to begin and I knew I was to teach a particular class yet I was nervous about it.     I knew I was to step forward into this new opportunity yet the apprehensiveness was causing me to fear that I was not able .  My husband continued to encourage me as he always does and I appreciated that so much.  There were times I would break down in tears to him trying to convince him I really could not teach the class.  He continued to encourage me because he knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that it was God’s will.  Thank God for those that can see clearly when things are out of focus for us.

One day our dear friend from Nigeria stopped by the school to visit and I was standing in the hall and he greeted me.  This gentleman could see right through me and he perceived that I was troubled.  I began to share the opportunity before me and my fears and he spoke one sentence to me that totally shook me from the inside out.  “Sister, God wants to unlock surprises within you that you never knew were there!”  He spoke it with boldness and I just knew God was using him.

Whenever I think about this I always keep before the Lord that just maybe there are other “surprises” or gifts within me that He is quietly waiting for me to allow Him to unlock.  I just love this quote by this incredibly gifted sculptor.

“I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free.”  Michelangelo

You see, God sees what is inside of us and He desires to set it free as well to bless those around us.  I hope this encourages you to think about the gifts that may be in you that you have not yet discovered.  God is able to show you…if you let him.

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