“We must know our history, our destiny and our purpose in order to live a fulfilled life in Christ.”
T. L. Lowery
For many years our family celebrated Thanksgiving with dear friends. After we stuffed ourselves silly with a delicious meal, we would retire to the den with a jigsaw puzzle. It was my joy each year to bring the puzzle and I purposely chose a difficult one! Some people are born with the innate ability to see where the puzzle pieces best fit. I am not one of those people! But I am able to figure out how my prophetic history fits my life’s puzzle. Our prophetic history with the Lord is like little pieces of a puzzle, which when placed together, make a whole picture of who God created us to be.
God has made each of us with a particular design: personality, giftings, strengths, weaknesses and passions. Scripture tells us we are fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of God. We’re not a haphazard creation, made on a whim. He carefully formed each of us to fulfill a special, God-given destiny.
God wastes nothing. Not one tear or moment of suffering, nor the celebratory events in our lives, all our happy and hurtful times and yes, even our godly or ungodly responses, are used and fashioned together to form a remarkable puzzle. The prophetic words people have spoken or the ones straight from God’s heart to yours, are additional pieces to our puzzles.
Romans 4:16b says that God “calls things that are not as though they were.” He spoke names and callings over me, as He saw me as a finished puzzle. The names God gave me, ‘Mary,’ ‘Daddy’s Girl,’ ‘Bride,’ ‘Queen,’ and ‘mentoring the masses,’ denoted a specific shaped puzzle piece of who God already knew I would become. Prophetic words given to me by others, such as ‘healing hearts,’ ‘birthing station,’ and ‘conduit’ depicted how God would use me in His plans and purposes, for His glory.
We’re able to fulfill God’s destiny for our lives when we know who God says we are and who He created us to be. Each of our good, bad, and ugly experiences we’ve walked through, along with the prophetic words that have been spoken over us, are puzzle pieces that when locked together they form a magnificent puzzle called YOU!
“Destiny is not for comfort seekers. Destiny is for the daring and determined who are willing to endure some discomfort, delay gratification, and go where destiny leads.”
T. D. Jakes