God uses us wherever – literally wherever – He places us. If we are willing, He will use us regardless of the situation, regardless of our fear, and regardless of our mistakes. Last fall, I was sitting in the optometry office for my first week of visual therapy – hesitant and nervous – wondering what would happen. So I prayed – beyond training my eyes – that as I met with my therapist each week, somehow God could use me in her life.
As the weeks progressed, I began to really look forward to my appointments. Sometimes my therapist and I talked about movies and sometimes we talked about our visual system. Sometimes I did computer work, sometimes we played games. Sometimes we ended early, sometimes we ended later. Over the period of time, God gave me a shift in focus. Not only did I want my eyes to be trained correctly, but He gave me a Kingdom-purpose of pointing my therapist’s spiritual eyes to Christ.
I didn’t expect to enjoy the games. But, surprisingly, I did. I didn’t expect to cherish our conversations. But, truth is, I did. I didn’t expect to like it so much. But, I really did. I didn’t expect to be sad when by the time the last week came around. But actually, I was.
At the last appointment, I gave her a really great book called No Compromise: The Life of Keith Green and prayed God uses it to draw her into a relationship with Himself. After saying goodbye, I left the all-to-familiar doctor’s office with sadness upon my heart. I left different. Not only changed in my physical eyes, but also changed in my spiritual eyes. God gave me His heart for this young woman. I had grown to care about the friendship I was forming with my therapist. Why would God start this friendship with a (as I assumed) non-Christian and yet not give me an opportunity to share His Gospel? Therapy came and therapy went, yet I hadn’t even shared my faith!
As it worked out, I came back a week later to get new lenses for my glasses. While waiting in the reception area, I heard her voice in the other room. My heart leapt – was God giving me another opportunity?! But I didn’t know her schedule, so I disappointingly assumed she must be in session with another student. Oh well. But then, again, perhaps not. Maybe, just maybe, God was going to work and do what He desired. And, well, He did just that.
A few moments later, when my therapist walked into the reception room, it brought such a smile, not only upon my face, but also upon my heart. We talked for quite some time but then, once again, parted ways – she to her work and I to my walk with the Lord. Yet, I left that day so full of joy praising God He is not done with her yet, or with me either.
This makes me wonder if this is how God desires to use us in the lives of unbelievers. I hope this story encourages you to expect God will use you for His glory – literally – wherever He places you. Maybe, just maybe, He wants to use us in the seemingly insignificant, in the seemingly mundane, the seemingly ordinary. I’ve come to realize this life is more about being Jesus to this world for God and less about doing things for Him. We have a blessed opportunity to share our faith by merely being Christ – don’t waste it!
If we’re willing, He will use us anywhere – regardless of fear, failure, or excuses.