The Cornish preacher Billy Bray was a well-known Methodist minister of another day. He was once approached by a Quaker who said in his Old English manner of speaking, “I have often observed thy unselfish life and feel much interested in thee, and I believe the Lord would have me help thee; so if thou wilt call at my house, I have a suit of clothes to which thou art welcome if they will fit thee.” And how did Billy Bray respond to that offer of being gifted a free suit of clothes? In his thick Cornish accent, he said, “Thank’ee, I will call, and thee need have no doubt that the clothes will fit me. If the Lord told thee that they were for me, they’re sure to fit, for He knows my size exactly.”
Wasn’t that a wonderful response? Yes, God does know our sizes exactly. Remember that Jesus said, “…the very hairs of your head are all numbered” (Matthew 10:30). I wonder, have you ever truly grasped the full significance of that statement? Needless to say, a God who has every last hair of your head numbered surely has an incomprehensibly thorough knowledge of you. He knows what makes you tick, what appeals to you, and what’s in your wheelhouse. As much as you know about yourself, He knows even more about you.
This is why you must never be afraid of God’s plan for your life. Whatever that plan is, it will be your size exactly. That means that it will play to your strengths and make use of your talents and gifts. You see, you really are unique. God didn’t use a cookie-cutter approach when He created you. So, never try to be someone that you’re not. Just be yourself. That is, after all, the role you were born to play.
Thank you for this encouraging word.
Last August we moved into independent living senior apartments. Even though my wife and I both believe the Lord worked it out for us to move in (it happened in tw0 days time, instead of two weeks or two months!) I became unhappy.
This morning my Bible app had this prayer, citing John 14:26 and James 4:8 (Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.):
“I cannot control my feeling of worry and discontent in our new home. I do believe You led us here and that makes me feel guilty about feeling the way I do. Increase my faith, Lord. Remind me You will never leave us or forsake us. You are in control, and that is all that matters. In Jesus’ name, amen.”
It’s what I call an “exact fit” – no doubt it was meant for ME! He knows exactly what I’m dealing with, what I’ve been feeling, and reminds me and encourages me of that He did place us here, and all we need do is trust Him.
Thank you for sharing that word of personal testimony, Myron.