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I got this message whilst I was watching a preaching from Sadie Robertson (word) and so I decided to inspire someone with it because it’s pretty nice (lol so much for a developed vocabulary.)
In this world we live in, it is very easy to feel small and unaccomplished especially at our ages. This is probably because of social media, making it very easy to see into other’s people’s lives and what they have or don’t have. You go on instagram and you find that 17 year olds, 18 year olds have Teslas and have bought houses and are just doing amazing things, sometimes we don’t even think about how much hard work and time they have put into doing what they do or how much they have had to sacrifice for what they have but it’s kind of hard to think about all that when there is a freaking Tesla in your face.
I, definitely have felt a sense of unaccomplishment when I see people my age doing great things and going on these great trips and just making waves in the world however I’ve realized a couple things, things that I want to share with you.
How would you feel if I told you, you and plankton are more similar than you think?
Let’s start of with plankton, most of us know what plankton is or rather who plankton is
Unfortunately or maybe even fortunately, that isn’t actually what real plankton look like neither are they defined as Krabby patty recipe stealing organisms.
Let’s have a mini biology lesson real quick.
What are plankton?
Marine and freshwater organisms, that are nonmotile because they are too weak or small to swim against the current. They exist in a drifting state. (Read more about Plankton)
Their name comes from the Greek meaning drifter and there are two main types; Phytoplankton and Zooplankton.
Today we will focusing on Phytoplankton.
Phytoplanktons are what you could describe as the lowest of planktons, even zooplanktons eat them.
So imagine being a phytoplankton, you’re the lowest of the low. You can’t swim, all you can do is drift wherever the currents take you, you live at the bottom of the ocean and you’re the easiest target, it must suck to be a plankton right? Planktons are so unimportant amirite?
About 98% of the primary production in the ocean (basically oxygen) is attributable to the phytoplankton. (Source 1)
They rise up to the sunlight at sunset and transform that light energy into energy rich chemical components by photosynthesis. Hence scientists say that about 50%-85% of the oxygen we breathe are from phytoplankton. (Source 2) (Source 3)
These tiny organisms that are too weak to swim.
So why am I telling you this?
Sometimes we feel like we’re just drifting, sometimes we feel like we’re just so small, in the world with no significance, with no purpose, with nothing. I am here to tell you that God has a purpose for you, an important one. I’m here to remind you that you are not insignificant. If an organism like phytoplankton has the important job of releasing 50% to 85% of the oxygen we breathe in today then imagine the works God has laid down for you if you just say yes and have faith in him.
It doesn’t matter who you are or what you are, it doesn’t matter what you can or cannot do neither does it matter what you look like. God has something planned perfectly for you, and if you just have faith in him, he can lead you to where you need to be. In Isaiah 60:22, The Lord says “The least of you will become a thousand, the smallest a mighty nation. I am the LORD; in its time I will do it swiftly.”
God can take anyone or anything and make them into something. He can take the “least of [us]” and make us into a “thousand”, the ones who feel like they have no worth, the ones who feel like they have no use on this earth, the ones who feel like their life is pointless and meaningless, the ones who feel like they can never be forgiven or accepted. He can take us and make us into something beautiful. Look at Paul, formerly named Saul, Paul prosecuted Christians, he executed them and put them in prison for following Jesus but guess what?
God still used him, he became God’s right hand man, Paul became one of the most prolific writers in the new testament. Paul went to prison, several times for that matter, for God. He traveled to places to teach people about God, God did a full 180 on Paul.
Another example is David, David was a shepherd’s boy. David was the son of Jesse and when Solomon came to Jesse to anoint one of his sons as king, David wasn’t even there. David had an eldest sibling named Eliab and when Solomon gave him one look, he was impressed with him and thought he was the one that God had anointed but God told him in 1 Solomon 16:7 to “Not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.” (btw that last part is the meaning of my full name, s/o to my parents for giving me such a lit name)
Eliab looked like the perfect king to Solomon but God said no and picked David, a shepherd boy. God picked a shepherd boy. There are some people out there that are shepherd boys, living in the shadow of someone, thinking that they can never be like that person, they can never be as great as that person, comparing themselves to the other but I want to let you know that God is not looking at outward appearance, he is not looking at intelligence, he is not looking at who is overall best, he is looking at the heart. He is looking at what is growing inside your heart. When God picks you to do something, He picks You. It doesn’t matter if people don’t think you’re fit for the job, it doesn’t matter if other people don’t think it suits you, He picked You and that is that.
1 Corinthians 1: 27 states “But God chose the foolish things of the World to fool the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong”.
God doesn’t want somebody who thinks they can do it all on their own, God doesn’t want somebody who is perfect, someone who doesn’t need any help. God wants you, not because you’re amazing at singing or because you give the best advice but because you are imperfect, because there are things that you cannot deal with on your own, because he wants to help you. That way there is no way you can give yourself all the credit because you know that without God it wouldn’t have been possible. If you’re perfect, you wouldn’t need faith, you wouldn’t give God all the praise either.
Let me give you an example, my IB score of 29 points. If I had a 44 and got into most of the Universities I applied to, I wouldn’t think anything of it because my grades are amazing, I’ll even brag to myself and my friends and tell everyone I did it with my own strength and my own motivation, I wouldn’t have put my faith and my trust in God because my grades are pretty much perfect ( I am not saying to purposely set yourself up for failure, but you already knew that). However, I got a 29 and got into most of the schools I applied to, I know that that was definitely not my power, I know that I did not do it on my own and I give God all the glory for it.
Jesus was a carpenter’s son, he could have been born into the richest family, he could have been born into the most popular family but no, he was a carpenter’s son, born in a manger. God is showing you that it doesn’t matter what you have or don’t have, it doesn’t matter what you think you can or cannot do, it doesn’t matter if you think you are the dullest one in your friend group or the ugliest person born.
He wants you to know that he sees more than that, he knows you better than that and you’re going to do great.
He promises you.
So you see, you and Plankton have a lot in common. Both of you are very, very important.
I hope you guys enjoyed that blog post, I hope it inspired some of you to put all your faith in God because he knows you better than you do. If he’s said so, so he will do.
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Have a blessed weekend,
Lots of love,
P.s This is what plankton really looks like.
P.p.s All the bible quotes are from NIV, New International Version.