It's easy to wonder at times what purpose God has for our life, especially during times that are unsettled. We've been so focused on our job, raising our family, and paying the bills that all we see and feel is ordinary. When we look at other people who have special gifts and seem to have a great purpose for living, we can't see God's purpose in our life. But just because we aren't seeing or feeling it doesn't mean it's not there.
Even the great leader Moses needed to come to the place where he recognized his gifts and learned to walk in God's purpose. Circumstances had caused Moses to be raised by Egyptian royalty, but he ended up having to flee in fear into the wilderness where he stayed for forty years. Everything about his life became ordinary. Then suddenly one day God appeared to him and said, "I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt" (Exodus 3:10). I can only imagine Moses immediately thinking, "You want me to tell the most powerful man in the world to let our people go? Seriously?" Moses pleaded with God to send someone else. "No one will ever believe me. I stutter and have never spoken well. I can't do it."
But God was saying, "I've shaped you from your birth. Every experience you've had and every gift I've placed in you has prepared you for this assignment." Moses couldn't see what God had placed in his life, yet over a thousand years later the writer of Acts stated, "Moses was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action" (Acts 7:22). That was a far cry from what Moses thought about himself! Isn't it interesting that he couldn't see in himself what others saw as being so obvious.
Recognize the gifts and abilities God has given you, then give them over to God to be used for His purposes. He will use them to accomplish great things in your life. But it's up to you to mix your abilities and gifts with faith and move forward with courage because, as with Moses, God's assignment always comes with challenges. We like what's easy, but God is saying, "Take those things that are difficult for you to do and give them to Me because that's how you'll grow." When God speaks to those difficult places, He's speaking to your potential, to becoming everything you were designed to be. And just as Moses did, you're going to look back at a defeated Pharaoh some day and say, "God, You did more than I could ask, think, or imagine. You fulfilled my life purpose."