Right now, as I type this…the above critter is pulling on my shoe, ooops…just switched from shoe to desk drawer pull…as if he could use anything in the drawer once he got it open. We are silly enough to ask him questions and expect answers. Boy would we be shocked if he opened his mouth to speak–instead of bark.
Do you do that? I know we did that with our kids. I do that with my parents. Ask questions, get answers. With our daughters, the answers were sometimes comical. Almost always I could sense the truth from a fancy fabrication. The truth usually came with consequences, the fabrication would seemingly absolve them of any problem…or so they thought.
Do you ever feel like you ask God questions and then perhaps don’t get an answer? I have. But His word lets us know without doubt, He does hear…and He will answer. Sometimes the answer is such that we would rather not perceive it as coming from Him, maybe because we don’t want that answer…
For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find [me], when ye shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11-13 (emphasis mine)
Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. Jeremiah 33:3 (emphasis mine)
I have found that when I truly get in the place of humbleness before Almighty God, and I seek Him with all my heart…I hear from Him. Every. Single. Time.
Granted, the answer may not be as I’d want, but I am learning to trust that whatever He says is best for my life. Whatever decision He makes in my walk, is for my good. I am to trust and follow.
Last week I was telling Jeff of an issue I thought might be happening with my vehicle. My old, but trustworthy vehicle. It’s a SUV and I have enjoyed driving it for these past several years. But when it makes a funny noise I tense up. It’s like, “okay truck, I’ll trust you as long as you are faithful to get me to where I am going…but if you fail…then I’m done trusting you at all!”
What if God trusted us like that? I shudder to think of the times I have all out FAILED Him! Yet, He continues to put me in the repair shop of the Holy Spirit. He continues to rely on me to get His message out to others. I have been sluggish lately. I have allowed the busyness of preparations for the upcoming retreat get in the way of me reaching out via blogworld to others! When I realized that I had shirked the very ministry I had felt called and compelled to work in, my heart broke!
So today, I once again gear up to do my part in His mission work. The place where I feel called. However, this place where you hear my voice, but rarely “hear” my voice, is not my only calling. Nor is it yours. You don’t have permission from God to hide behind a keyboard. You are compelled just as I am to go out and tell. Live Him before others. Tell them!
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. Mark 16:15 (emphasis mine)
And after he had seen the vision, immediately we endeavoured to go into Macedonia, assuredly gathering that the Lord had called us for to preach the gospel unto them. Acts 16:10 (emphasis mine)
We are one of two people. We are a missionary or a mission project. If you are not a missions project, you have a job to do. Wherever your feet trod, obey. Wherever you are planted, as my mother would say, bloom. Share Him. When a friend has a struggle in her life, pray for her. Share scriptures with others through cards, phone calls, e-mails, and yes, in person.
I have failed miserably lately to do as I have been called. But I intend with all my heart to do better. In all things. Laundry included.
What about you?
Where do you feel called or compelled to work?
Father, I come before Your throne of grace, so thankful that you didn’t retire this vehicle when I failed to follow Your instructions to the letter. Help my eyes to see, my heart and mind to understand and my lips to speak. Place a fire burning inside my soul so intense that I have to share or burst! That fire will come through prayer and devotion to Your Word. I praise You for You are my Lord and Savior! I praise You because I KNOW in my heart that this retreat is for those SEEKING more of You! I want to be part of the blessing! I want to bless others with what YOU have given me! I place all of this in Your loving hands to work out the details! Use me—until it’s time for me to go! In the Holy Name of Your only Son, Jesus Christ~Amen.
Book Review on the Sisters of Faith site, She Did What She Could by Elisa Morgan on September 25, 2009 (Great book! You don’t want to miss that!)
Book Review here, Let Go by Sheila Walsh (Live free of the burdens all women know)
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