by David Ferguson – Article / July – Sept 2019
Who am I and Why am I Here?
In exploring this topic, I would like us to examine the earthworm. Quite a lot of people are disgusted by the sight of earthworms. They think that they are dirty, nasty and even dangerous. They are repulsed by the idea of holding them in their hands. The earthworm however is one of nature’s top “soil scientists.”
The earthworm is responsible for a lot of the things that help make our soil good enough to grow healthy plants and provide us food. Worms help to increase the amount of air and water that gets into the soil. They break down organic matter like leaves and grass into things that plants can use. When they eat, they leave behind castings that are a very valuable type of fertilizer.
Earthworms are like free farm help. They help to “turn” the soil—bringing down organic matter from the top and mixing it with the soil below. Another interesting job that the worm has is that of making fertilizer. If there are 500,000 worms living in an acre of soil, they could make 50 tons of castings. That’s like lining up 100,000 one pound coffee cans filled with castings. These same 500,000 worms burrowing into an acre of soil can create a drainage system equal to 2,000 feet of 6-inch pipe. Pretty amazing for just a little old worm, don’t you think?
Having worms around in your garden is a real good sign that you have a healthy soil.
How does this relate to and explain the topic of, “Who am I and why am I here?” or “Finding God’s will and purpose for your life.” Let us look at a few things that you have in common with the earthworm: –
Not everyone will appreciate or value your call from God, only those who understand it and others who may benefit from it.
You are uniquely equipped, gifted and talented to fulfil your purpose. You are either born with those qualities or you will acquire them in life.
You are very necessary and creation will be better for you being here when you find and fulfil your purpose.
Ps. 23:3 (KJV) says, “He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.” It brings out the point that God leads us, “for His name’s sake.”
Other meanings of the Hebrew word for “name” include honour, authority, character, renown and fame. That means it is in God’s interest to guide us accurately and His reputation/honour is in danger when we are not properly led or when we do not “get it right.”
God would normally lead us through our “righteous” desires.
In Ps. 37:4 the NASV says, “Delight yourself in the LORD; and He will give you the desires of your heart.”
As you spend quality time enjoying (delighting yourself) in God, your heart (motives and attitudes) is transformed and God will give you the (righteous) desires of your heart. In one of the many encounters the prophet Isaiah had with God, his lips are cleansed with burning coal from the altar by an angel. God then asks the question, “Whom shall I send and who will go for us?” Isaiah responded, “Here am I. Send me.” God then sends him to prophesy to Israel. God confirmed Isaiah’s call after he yielded to Him. Only as we yield ourselves to God and we continue to delight in Him will we know for sure what His plans are for our lives.
One of the reasons that God gave us His Holy Spirit is to reveal His plan, will and purpose for our lives to us. The Bible records in, 1 Cor. 2:9 – 12 (NKJV), “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”
The Holy Spirit is in our lives to show us the plans which God already has for us.
I would recommend the following actions and practices to find out the answers to the questions, “Who am I and why am I here?” These recommended practices will also help you to find out God’s will and purpose for your life. They include: –
Regularly spend time in prayer, worship, meditating and studying the Scriptures (delight yourself in the Lord).
Ask God to show you His purpose, plan and will for your life and expect Him to do so. The Scripture reminds us in, Jm. 4:2 (NLT), “…you don’t have what you want because you don’t ask God for it.” It also tells us in, Lk. 11:10 (NASV), “For everyone who asks, receives; and he who seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, it will be opened.”
Pay attention to your desires, dreams, aspirations, etc. God could be using them to communicate His plans to you.
Is there a recurring thoughts, ideas or desires? God could be trying to get your attention.
Consider your gifts, talents and abilities.
Ask godly family members, friends and your leaders to tell you what gifts, talents and abilities they see in you.
Ask responsible persons for advice; if God is leading you down a certain path, He normally confirms it through other persons.
Do not be afraid to take calculated risks based on any route/actions you might feel impressed to pursue. There are times God will only lead us as we take steps of faith. I have found that I needed those lessons I learned as I took those steps of faith.
Jesus had this to say about his sheep: – “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.” (Jn. 10:27, NIV). Never forget you are His sheep.