Will God Use You in This Place?

My mother-in-law called, to invite us over for spaghetti this Sunday, and we chatted about her hilarious baking soda story and about me coming home to all fire alarms going off. (Don’t worry, no fire.)

Then she asked about school. I told her about a 100 I wrote in the gradebook this afternoon. It felt like my 100.

And she told me, in a southern gentleness that melted like hot butter over my weary soul, God has you in that school for a reason.

(She doesn’t know that I worry, worry, worry about whether I’ll do God proud in that school.)

Then her voice preached to me:

God’s not gonna put you in a place and then not fulfill the purpose he has for you there.

Is that true?

Can I not mess up God’s plan? What if I have some failing moments and some didn’t-go-so-well days? Shoulda said this. Shouldn’ta said that.

Can I mess up God’s purpose for me then?

I suppose that’s putting a whole lot of the responsibility on me and only a mouse’s portion of responsibility on God.

Will God use you in this place where he has planted you?  -christyfitzwater.com

It makes sense that God can plant us in a spot and then make us useful there, despite our failings. And somehow that truth sticks securely in my heart because it was spoken by a woman who touches lives everywhere she shows up. My mother-in-law loves the Lord, and she knows about these things.

Sometimes we plain ole’ forget that our lives will bear fruit.

They will.

‘Cause we’re only 2 millimeters away from Jesus.

“I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in me, and I in him, he bears much fruit; for apart from me you can do nothing.”  (John 15:5 NASB)


  1. Hi Cristy: you are so blessed to have a mother in law like you have. While you were sharing about her, I could feel that warm feeling I get when speaking to a woman of God who just pours into my soul. Nothing like it.

    Thanks for sharing about Can God use you or Will He use you where He planted you. Ugh, I have prayed for at least 20 of the 24 years that we have been here in New York for God to move us out of here. I used the excuse, “God will you ever be able to use us here?” ha! He does, but I will still like to go to another vineyard before I am too old to minister.

    He will use us wherever we are. Great comfort that isn’t it?

    1. Yes, great comfort. And I am quite convinced as of late that God is not concerned about whether we are comfortable or happy in our location -just that we are bearing fruit and growing toward maturity.

      1. You are so right. Ugh. I just have to have an attitude adjustment, a major one. And the funny thing is, I love the people God has put in our church right now, just always hinkering….. will try to stop, I will.

  2. Good morning, Christy. We all are in different journeys and I often wonder if I am on the right one. So encouraging this morning. Thank you! I am sure you are a fabulous addition @ SCS…your MIL is right.

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