I was pouring my morning coffee in the breakroom when a lady from our accounting department came in.
“Good morning!” she said. “How are you today?”
“I am well.” I responded, as I usually do.
We continued with the normal pleasantries, then wished each other a good day and went to work.
We all go through these daily interactions. Stop and think, though, how many times you begin your part of the conversation with the words “I am”. It’s in our other conversations, too. Every time we introduce ourselves, we begin with “I am ____.” Whenever we describe how we are feeling, we start with “I am ____.”
When Moses encountered God at the burning bush, Moses tried a number of ploys to get out of the task God laid before him. In Exodus 3:13-14, we read,
Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?”
14God said to Moses, “I am who I am. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I am has sent me to you.’ ”
God, the great I AM, is present in our lives every day. Most of the time, we never think about it. Oh, we’ll stop now and then to give Him thanks for something we see, or to take time to pray, or ask for His help in a particularly tough situation. But once we are aware of His continual presence, our lives change.
Just having repeated “I am” over and over, I am more cognizant of His presence. I am me because of Him. I am happy because of Him. I am unsettled because of Him.
These last few months have been very trying. It hasn’t been one particular thing, but these little things have culminated themselves into a very disruptive state in my life at this time. This disruption has upset my status quo, and if you were to be around me much, you would know that I am not having a lot of fun. I like the status quo. It’s much easier than the changes that I face. However, this also means that I must trust God, who I know wants me to be stronger and better. These changes, trials, and tests are there to do just that.
God has put us on this earth with a purpose, and that purpose is to serve Him. In our quest to serve Him, we can get a little self-centered. We wander around looking for our calling or purpose, when it’s usually right before our eyes. We want it to be grand and glorious, and to be recognized for our efforts. Usually, our job is to do that which is not attractive; to serve others, helping them to do what they can’t do for themselves.
God has also given us the instructions, or directions for how he wants us to lead our lives. It’s called the Bible. It’s pretty explicit, and sometimes we may not like what it says. Again, we want to do what we think is best, in essence, arguing with God. It’s not our choice, though. We must submit to the word of God.
Here’s your challenge; every time you say “I am”, think about the part God is playing in your life. If you say I am a vice president, know that it is because of I AM. If you are a pianist, know that it is because of I AM. If you are happy, know it is because of I AM. You get the idea. Just know that God is with you in all you do and in who you are. Accept the challenge and praise Him, the Great I AM!