A child of the 70s, the worn-out phrase “I need to find myself,” makes me cringe. Yet in those words—often used to justify selfishness and indulge in sin—lies a truth we cannot deny. It is a truth we do not want to deny for the doorway to finding ourselves is in knowing our Creator. He holds the key to our identity.
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Psalm 139:13
God loves diversity, and He has never made two individuals the same. He passionately pursues everyone in the way perfect for their design. There are those who relate to God best through study and reading; others thrive with the sacraments and others grow best in serving. All of us need the soil of grace to nourish our seeds of faith.
The passion of the Father for a close relationship with each of us drives everything. He gave His beloved son to open the pathway to Him. He calls to us continually through the details of life. Jesus is the only way, but our walk on the path fits our personal design. God does not expect His children to all look alike—in fact, He wants us to live out our individuality in harmony with Him!
There is a beautiful picture of our own uniqueness in each ‘Shofar,’ the musical instrument sometimes called the Voice of God. Every Shofar emits a unique sound. The process for producing a Shofar illustrates the process of finding ourselves–of tuning our voice for life.
A ‘Shofar designer’ chooses a horn from one of the animals in his flock—just as the Good Shepherd chooses each of us. The horn is then cut off from the animal. Filled with a mucky matter of life, the horn has to be cleansed. Every believer needs to have things removed from their life. Then the designer fashions the mouthpiece by placing it in fire and molding it gently. The testimony of God’s children is unique; life experiences are like the fire used to shape the shofar. Finally it is time to remove the knobby extrusions on the shofar; it is placed inside a grinder. The knobs are removed and shofar ready for use when it stops complaining and starts humming!
Daily buffing keeps the shine on the Shofar; the buffeting of life keeps the believers seeking the Presence of God so we, too, can shine. Until a horn is put through the process, it can never be the voice of God. Until a believer submits to the purpose of God, they never find their purpose. We will hum beautifully when we understand who we are in Christ! Visit the link below and live out the TRUTH of who you really are!