Victoria Caine – Resident of Global Outreach
I love the challenge of a good DIY (Do It Yourself) project. After hours spent looking for the perfect craft on Pinterest, I obtain the necessary materials and get to work. I expect my finished product to look even better than the professionally photographed and refinished DIY project, but oftentimes this isn’t the case. Even with the best intentions, I have turned out a cringe worthy, chevron item that ends up making its way to the dumpster under cover of darkness.
Perhaps you have seen the articles that float around on the internet showing the Pinterest fails with the caption of “Nailed It.” They show the intended outcome with the reality of the project, and it is often pretty hilarious (in a tragic sort of way).
This regularly happens in my life. I go into situations thinking to have it come out as perfectly as I expected it, only to find my hopes dashed and the outcome totally different. This usually happens to me before I travel overseas. I expect to have these amazing encounters with others, share Jesus and start a church planting movement. Often the opposite happens. I have the best intentions without the greatest results. Even in my hope of being obedient to God, I wonder if He can use these failed attempts to glorify Himself?
Similar to the Plan B moments we have been talking about at Central, God uses these “Nailed It” moments to teach me some great lessons. Usually, it is about how great of a God He is, and how even when I think I fail, He is successful and is using these moments.
I love coming back to Paul’s realization of this in 1 Corinthians 12:9,
“My grace is enough; it’s all you need. My strength comes into its own in your weakness. Once I heard that, I was glad to let it happen. I quit focusing on the handicap and began appreciating the gift. It was a case of Christ’s strength moving in on my weakness. Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size—abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.” (MSG)
So even in those moments when I don’t “Nail It,” I can have full confidence that God uses my obedience to Him, even when I feel like a failure.