He called his disciples to himself. (Luke 6:13)
I’ve been called, but like Moses, like Jonah, like Peter, I don’t feel qualified. My tools are in storage and I’m not sure where to start.
For so many years of my life, I was in a comfortable rut. Then six years ago, God opened a door and told me to go through. My response: “But the future is uncertain. What if I fall? What if I fail? I don’t know how.”
God’s response: “Don’t worry; I’ve got your back.”
I go through the door and follow God’s lead. He gives me the tools to do His work. Life is not easy, but it is satisfying and fulfilling doing God’s work. And I am comfortable.
Fast forward five-and-a-half years. God opens another door and tells me to go through. My human response: “But, I’m just getting comfortable. We just got here. Why do I have to move again? I don’t want to start again. I don’t know how to start again.”
God’s response: “My child, I have your back. Trust me.”
So once again my life and that of my family is uprooted and I must once again find the tools to do God’s will and share His message.
Lower your nets for a catch. (Luke 5:4)
Vacation is over and the time to unpack the nets is upon me. Where do I begin? Where do I turn when I have wandered away from God? How do I find my way back?
This is the place I find myself as the new season is upon me. I spent the summer starting a new life and now I have to blend that which could not be left behind with this new life.
It is not so daunting a task as it may seem. While building a new life, time can be found for rest and prayer. When I approach God simply with the faith of a child my faith is answered. A child loves her parents unquestioningly; they never doubt even in the face of a parents betrayal they still love. That’s how I should approach God, with that unwavering faith.
Through my prayer and devotion He will supply the tools I need to fulfill the gifts He gave me. Never will He ask and not give me what is needed. Because as I approach Him like a child, He responds to me as a loving father. He will not leave me alone and He will supply the tools when and where they are needed.
My job: Be open to the Father’s leading and accepting of the gifts and tools He offers.
My job: Use the gifts and tools given me to spread the Word of God. And not to worry, because even when I feel as if I don’t know what to say or how to do something the Holy Spirit will be there to fill the gaps. For God is always with me.
The results are in God’s hands. I sow; He reaps. It is not up to me to change their hearts, just to plant the seeds. God will do the rest.
So here’s my prayer:
Most glorious and gracious God, show me the path to take and grant me the tools I need to do your will. Show me the wisdom of your way and grant me the courage to stand up in the face of your foes. Amen.
Copyright © 2013, Christina Weigand