God has a plan and purpose for every person and I saw an example of this in a heartwarming story involving Doug Provenzano who coaches football in the West Valley Army Youth football in Litchfield Park, Arizona.
Faithit writes that Provenzano has coached hundreds of kids (5 to 14 years of age) over the years, but in a post on Facebook, he wrote of one young boy that God sent into his life.
God had a plan and a purpose for Provenzano.
In 2016, a young third-grader named Marquise showed up with a tattered shirt, one sock, and a “hair cut that was 5 months past due.”
Marquise asked if Provenzano could teach him how to play football.
Provenzano said he could, but added that the program was expensive, and he needed to know where Marquise’s parents were.
The young boy said:
“My mom died and I don’t know where dad is, but my Auntie takes care of me.”
As he heard that story, God immediately spoke three words to Provenzano, revealing the unique purpose He had for the coach:
“God spoke to me that second and told me to take care of him in every way. God said to me ‘be a Shepherd.’”
God wanted Provenzano to shepherd that young boy. God had called him to be more than a coach.
And five years later, Provenzano was now attending Marquise’s eighth grade graduation, which also meant he was graduating from the football program where the two had won several state championships and four national championships.
But because of God’s call to be a shepherd, that young boy had become like a son to him:
“The Lord gave me another son who would change me and him for ever.”
“I have never been more proud to sit at an 8th grade promotion as I was today.”
“But I reflected most on how Jesus dropped him into my life like a stork from the sky and how far he has come since that day.
The prophet Jeremiah states that God has a plan and purpose for each one of us:
11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)
But this word was all the more significant when we understand that Jeremiah gave this prophetic word to the Jews, who were now in captivity in Babylon.
Even though, they were no longer in the Promised Land, God still had a purpose for them in this foreign land.
And earlier in his prophecy, Jeremiah revealed what part of that plan included:
7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper. (Jeremiah 29:7 NIV)
They were to seek the prosperity of the city where they were living. This included praying for the city, but also doing things that would benefit the city.
If you are struggling to find the purpose that God has for you, maybe it involves seeking the prosperity of the city where you live. Making life better there, as Provenzano was doing, and through that God can then reveal a deeper plan.