Sending an email from my Droid the other day, the joyful reality struck my heart. The @ symbol is fulfilling its purpose. Once a rarely-needed character on the keyboard, “@” has become the most useful symbol on keypads everywhere. For years, we would search the keyboard looking for the obscure symbol, only to find it humbly sitting on top of the numeral 2. Quietly and patiently, @ sat for decades. Did @ know what plans were in store for it?
To be loved, needed, cared for and know we have purpose is, I believe, the common cry of every human heart. And all of those desires are satisfied in the person of Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, our Savior, our Grace and Truth.
God does have His purpose and plans for us, and that is clear throughout scripture. A heart led by the Spirit is a life with eternal purpose.
The @ reminded me of His truth and His promises. The @ symbol on my Droid cell phone has its very own key now. The @ enjoys a place to call its own given by its maker…to serve and be useful. I don’t even have to press shift or alt first to use @. It has been given a place for its unique purpose. The @ is needed and useful.
Our Maker has purpose for each of us. He has gifted us each uniquely and purposefully. He desires to use us for His glory and to bear fruit for His kingdom. As we humbly abide in Him daily, keeping Him on the throne of our hearts whether we are sitting atop the 2 or have our very own keypad not requiring the use of alt or shift, He will fulfill His purpose for us.
The silly little @ spoke volumes of His love to my heart. On days when I am feeling unuseful, overlooked, shunned, unneeded and without purpose, I will remember the @. I will think of His truths in scripture about His plans and His purposes for each of us. The @ wasn’t looking for prominence or glory, rather simply to be utilized by its maker and know that it had purpose when it was made. We desire the same thing, to be used as a vessel of honor by our Maker for His glory and His purposes.
The Lord will fulfill His purposes for us. And no purpose of His can be thwarted.
Thank you @ for speaking His truth to my heart!