Inadequate

Inadequate. The 10 letter word that seems to scream at me and fill my head. Anyone else?  

This was the word that I wrote down on my piece of paper Sanctuary night at BASIC. I pinned it to the somewhat empty board that would soon be filled with other brokenness -- eventually revealing a beautiful cross. In a way this was me admitting that inadequate was the word or feeling that kept me from truly trusting God.  

Ironically enough, as I was writing it, I could not for the life of me remember how to spell it. I beat myself up about that, thinking “of course, how fitting. The word that says I am not good enough or smart enough or capable enough -- I can’t even spell.” Embarrassed and rushed I squeezed a guess on the paper, pinned it, and walked away--hoping no one would see who wrote it.  

Fast forward one week--Brad Hillebrand was teaching at BASIC about Moses. I was sitting near the back, with my notebook ready to jot down more about the famous Sunday School hero I thought I was familiar with.  

Then Brad said, “Tonight I am speaking to a certain, specific group of people.  I’m talking to the ones who feel inadequate.” WHAT.  

Brad continued to teach and every word he said felt like he was talking right to me, like God was so clearly using Brad’s words to reach my ears.

Moses felt inadequate, too. Yet God used him. God used him to save thousands of people, and to lead them all on a terrifying journey when Moses felt like he was not capable enough to do so.  Maybe Moses wasn’t capable of that leadership. Maybe Moses wasn’t strong enough or brave enough or smart enough. But God was.

God knew those feelings that Moses felt, but He also knew that Moses was His creation--built to serve and live a life for Him. God knows your worries and doubts, too. But He created you -- built to serve and live a life for Him without the hindrance of your own self doubt.  

Sometimes I feel so small, so insignificant, so inadequate. (Just like I did at Sanctuary.) But that is when I need to step back and realize those lies are not from God.  God proved to me that very next week (during Brad’s teaching) that He sees me and He cares for me. And He wants to use me for a greater purpose, too-- just like He used Moses.  

What’s your one word that is keeping you from hearing God’s truth? Maybe that truth isn’t going to be heard through someone on stage, but maybe God will use a text, or a conversation, maybe God is speaking to you right now.

Our God is so creative -- I encourage you to take a step back and look for the ways that He is speaking directly to you.  

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10

Abby Jolivette
UNI Senior
White mocha enthusiast, Lip sync champ, 8th grade C-team basketball player

 

 Abby J

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