When I was in college I vividly remember the time that God called me to the ministry. Did I know what His plans were? No. I just thought He probably wanted to take me to some far off place as a missionary. And in a silly memory- I remember thinking that I would be afraid to go to far into the outback because I was a glass and contact lens wearer. I remember thinking, What if I lost my glasses and could not see and I got lost. I guess I figured He could get me there but would not be able to keep me safely there.
Now all these years later I realize that I have been living a life of preparation. God's plan was not to send me to live among the cannibals. I am still not really sure what that plan is. But for now I know my ministry is in my own home. Learning to be a merciful, humble servant to the people He brought into my life. Learning to love in deed and not just in word. There are times when I feel like I have been put upon. I didn't ask for this. But maybe I did.
When I finally realized I could not run from the call on my life-I asked God to do what He needed to do to get me ready. Now the events in my life start to take on a reason. And when He thinks His tool is primed and ready-He'll send me out. Out where? Don't know. But I do know that wherever He sends me--He will have prepared me.
And those ramblings are some thoughts after reading this mornings devotions.
A Heavenly Strategic Planning SessionAnd the Lord said, "Who will entice Ahab into attacking Ramoth Gilead and going to his death there?" One suggested this, and another that. - 1 Kings 22:20
TGIF Today God Is First, by Os Hillman
There are few times we get a glimpse of what goes on in Heaven. Here is one instance when the angels were conferring with the Lord about the judgment of King Ahab for his sin and who was going to set up Ahab for this judgment.
If God wanted to use you to impact your world for Jesus Christ, what circumstances would have to be created in order for you to respond to His call? Would prospering you materially encourage you to this end? Would a major change in what you are presently doing be necessary? What would your response be should God and the angels conclude that the only way to move you into a position of fulfilling God's purposes was to remove some things that might be very dear to you? Would you agree with their plan if you knew this would be the only way you would achieve the purposes for which God made you? Hard questions, aren't they?
This is the very thing God does in many who have been called for a special mission. Moses had to be stripped of his royal position in the family of and sit in the desert for 40 years. The apostle Paul had to be knocked to the ground, blinded, and receive a personal visitation from Jesus. The 12 disciples had to leave their jobs for three years to follow Christ. Imagine what kind of disruption this had on their lives. There are many examples of God bringing major upheaval in the lives of those He called for His purposes. Why?
Would you be willing to sit in the strategic planning session for your life and agree with the plans God has for your life? Could you give God complete freedom to implement that plan, no matter the cost? Ask God to give you the grace and trust in His love for you to say "yes."
Somehow it would seem that life would be a tad easier if I heard from the mouth of God that He was orchestrating certain events. Events that were there to train and equip me.
God---"Now let us have her clean poop off the toilet- so that what will come her way in the future will not seem quite as disgusting."
Me--"Ahhhhhh--now I understand"
\o/ Thank ya Jesus for the poop.