Sunday, November 20, 2011

Thankful for His Call~

This morning as I came before the Lord, opening His Word, He led me to this passage.

Then the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.


Then said I, Ah, Lord GOD! behold, I cannot speak: for I am a child.
But the LORD said unto me, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.

Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.
 ~ Jeremiah 1:4-10


I smiled as I read the words of Jeremiah. I wonder if God smiled, too. After all, this wasn't the first time the Lord had heard this kind of response after issuing a call of duty. Remember Moses? He expressed the exact same sentiment when God called him to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt? Me, Lord? You want ME to do WHAT!?

Both men felt as though they were the wrong guy for the job. They knew who they were and they knew they fell miserably short of being what God needed them to be. But God, the one who created the heavens and the earth, had also created them. He knew them better than they knew themselves. Before either of them had taken their very first breath, God had breathed into them His plan for their life. He knew the potential and the possibility each man possessed.

As I re-read the passage, I smiled once again. This time, though, the smile had my name written all over it. Countless times I, too, have questioned the Lord's leading in my life. Each time I am faced with a new challenge, or find myself in uncharted territory,feeling extremely out of place and definitely out of my comfort zone, I begin to have the same conversation with the Lord.

 Are you sure, Lord?

Are you really calling ME to do THIS?!

I let the fear

and the uncertainty

and the stress I'm feeling begin to eat away at my faith.

Discerning the Lord's will becomes challenging. God's voice of truth gets clouded by my own words of discouragement, fear and doubt. Soon, I find myself second-guessing if I am really where the Lord has chosen for me to be.  I start to question if the Lord has called me at all.

Satan, always standing by, waiting for the itty, bittiest door of opportunity, begins to unleash his arsenal at me as well. As the battle rages, I find myself looking for a way out, a door of escape, an excuse.

 I'm not able Lord!

You've got the wrong girl!

But then..........then the Lord draws me to Himself. In a quiet moment, as I open His word, He leads me to a passage of indisputable truth, of divine calling, of renewed vision.

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

God knows me better than I know myself. Before I, too, had taken my very first breath, He had breathed into me His plan for my life. He knows the potential and the possibility I possess.

Wild Sea Eagle hunting of Isle of Skye
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In of myself, I am not able to do the work God has created me to do. Yet, when I surrender to the Lord's call on my life, I become a vessel  through which the Creator can work.

When I am willing to be used of God,

through me,

                         (the me God created me to be,

                                        answering the call issued to me before I even took my first breath)

others see,

the Alpha and Omega,

the Beginning and the End,

 I AM.

Each and every time this happens, I smile. I have a feeling the Lord smiles, too!








8 comments:

  1. Hi Stacy - beautiful and encouraging words. If we look at our abilities we cannot see how we can do what God calls us to do, thankfully, God sees us for what He created us to do and all we can be, in Him.
    God bless
    Tracy

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  2. Ok, 2nd attempt at a comment. Tracy gave me a link to your blog in a comment on mine. Thank you both! I needed to hear these words!

    Blessings,
    Kendra aka Pinks

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  3. Stacy:

    Such a lovely and encouraging post. I often wonder why God would choose to use me, but I know that's the enemy speaking.

    Thank you for this - something I needed to hear.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  4. Thank you for this encouragement. We can always trust God's leading if we trust in his ability to work through us. We have to let go and let HIM>

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  5. He's got the wrong girl--how many times have I thought that. Sigh. Thanks for your encouragement here that he DOES know what he's doing with each of us.

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  6. Stacy,

    This post has so blessed me today, I have been there so many times, wondering if God knew who it was He was asking when He picked me. It is when we feel the most inadequate that God does amazing things.

    Blessings to you Stacy.

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  7. I remember reading those verses in Jeremiah, too, and thinking, "Hey! I think He's talking to me!"

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  8. We do have to remind ourselves over and over don't we? Love your encouragement today!

    Thanks for linking up!

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