Image of tailorbird by hartono subagio from Pixabay

There’s nothing quite like a perfect fit, is there?

When you buy a piece of clothing that hugs you where it’s supposed to, and is more flowing where you want it to be looser, you feel confident and comfortable. There’s something special about a garment that seems like it was made just for you.

The tailorbird of tropical Asia know this, too. When it fashions a nest for its young, it makes sure it is perfectly suited for its young family.

The female tailorbird makes its nest out of a living leaf hanging from a shrub or tree. She chooses a leaf and carefully checks it for size by wrapping it around her body like a cloak.

If the leaf suits her, she uses her needlelike beak to sew the sides together with plant fibre or spider silk, making as many as 200 stitches.

Once the leaf “cup” has been sewn, the male tailorbird lines it with soft materials in preparation for the eggs that will soon be laid in it. The parent birds make a perfect home for their chicks.

If a tailorbird goes to so much trouble to make nest that is perfectly suited for her family, won’t God make sure that the service He has in mind for you is a perfect fit, too?

As believers we want to serve God, but sometimes we worry that He’ll make us do something we don’t like. We fret that we’ll be sent to an unfamiliar place or have to do tasks that feel impossible for us.

But God matches your talents to the needs of the world. The service He has in mind for you will come naturally to you.

Rather than feeling resentful at the tasks God gives you, you’ll enjoy using your particular skill set to reach the lost. It will feel like it was custom-made just for you.

God created you with a unique mixture of background, skills, personality and talents. He has something special in mind for you to do, which no one else can do.

Image by Felix Wolf from Pixabay

And when He reveals it to you, it will be like a key fitting into a lock.

So don’t worry: the service God has planned for you will be a perfect fit!

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”

Ephesians 2:10

© 2022 Lori J. Cartmell. All rights reserved.

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