When Amy Carmichael was a young girl, she asked God every night to change her brown eyes to blue ones. She had faith that her God was able to do anything, but He disappointed the young girl by not answering this simple request. Her faith grew regardless, and many years later, Amy became a missionary to India.
It was a common practice in the early 1900’s in India for young daughters to be given to the local Hindu temples. Sons were valued in the culture, but daughters were considered a financial drain, so the priests in the temple would often sell the young girls as slaves and prostitutes to help cover expenses.
Amy was devastated by this custom, and sought the Lord’s guidance in her ministry. God revealed His plan for her to rescue the children who were trapped into slavery within the temple walls. Amy darkened her skin using coffee, and was able to move in and out of the temple while blending in with her brown eyes that God refused to turn blue. Those same brown eyes never drew attention, and Amy saved over 1000 young children from enslavement and child prostitution.
C.S Lewis said, “I would rather be what God chose to make me than the most perfect person that I can think of; for to have been thought about, born in God’s thought, and then made by God is the dearest, grandest and most precious thing ever.”
Isn’t that a beautiful thought?
Before the dawn of creation, the Lord knew you. He planned your life and designed each one of your features. Everything about you was carefully and thoughtfully planned out by God – all before Genesis 1:1 ever happened! The shape of your eyes, the texture of your hair, the uniqueness of your smile – all carefully and purposefully gifted to you. Your talents, personality, quirks and disabilities prearranged for you to handle for the glory of God.
If you are a believer, God has a plan for your life. You were created to fulfill that plan – not just to go to school, get a good job, get married, buy stuff and be comfortable until you die. You have also been given a spiritual purpose, created to carry out a plan for the Lord. And you are perfectly equipped for that plan.
Are you like a young Amy Carmichael today? Unsatisfied with what the Lord has given you? Upset about a situation that’s been put on you? Understand this: God knows and has allowed you to go through this. Even if you are being spiritually attacked, understand that the Lord is allowing it.
Check this verse out (Jesus is talking to Simon Peter):
Simon, Simon! Satan has asked to test all of you as a farmer sifts his wheat.
Jesus told Simon Peter that Satan had ASKED for him. You see, God is in control and Satan is on a short leash. The devil can’t decide to attack you and do it just because he wants to. He has to GET PERMISSION first! Satan does not do anything outside of God’s domain. God allows Satan to attack you at times, but ultimately His kingdom will be advanced through your faith and all glory will be given to God.
If you’re going through a time of testing today, I know that it’s difficult. Take courage in the fact that God is in complete control over your situation. Trust Him, and choose to obey Him until He brings you out the other side.
He loves you, He created you with a purpose. Your comfort is not of utmost importance to Him, though, that’s a misconception.
Look at the way that those closest to Jesus lived and died. Not one of them died peacefully of old age. After the ascension of Jesus Christ, the same followers who were so afraid to stand up for Jesus at the time of his crucifixion stood up for Him to the point of death. They were willing to be fed to the lions, stoned to death, dragged behind chariots and boiled in oil. They died “shameful,” painful deaths. Did God not love these?
They knew their Savior. They understood that He was the Messiah that they had all been waiting for. They believed and lived out their conviction that it was better to die for the sake of Christ than to live for themselves. The day of death for a Christian is a joyful homegoing, and these martyrs brought many to realize the saving knowledge of Christ.
If you’re asking God for blue eyes today and the Lord is not answering your prayer, it’s because your brown eyes have a purpose. An eternal purpose.
Thank the Lord, Brown Eyes, and step out in faith. You never know where He’ll lead you. Wherever it is, know that you’ll be perfectly equipped.