The other day, I read this passage in a book called Way Off Base by Matt Mosler:
The truth is God does not expect you to be able to do what he has called you to do. Peter had never walked on water before. Noah had never built a boat. Heck, Noah had never seen rain! Moses was not just slow of speech; he was wanted for murder when God told him to demand that Pharaoh release the slaves. Think about it, if these guys could do what God called them to do, who would get the glory?
This immediately stood out to me. God equips those who aren’t able to do his mighty tasks? That was heaven to my heart as I kept re-reading to make sure I fully grasped the message.
You see, I just started a job with a nonprofit organization James127 Foundation. It was started by a friend that is my age, Anna Taylor, and was created to give widows a chance for employment by providing free sewing and jewelry training. But lets rewind. About nine months ago (go back to the first few posts of my blog and you will see my writings during that time), I was begging for the Lord to use me. I asked him every night to use my hands and feet for His glory; and if He did, I would go. I would go anywhere He sent me. But at the same time, It is evident He knew my heart. He knew I loved travel and adventure, but He also knew I loved so many things in America. I love being with my family and I treasure time with my friends. I think He put part of my heart longing for more and another apart loving where I am for a reason. So lets fast forward to now. God set me up with my dream job. I work with the most amazing people to bring Glory to God through love and fashion. Yes people, FASHION. We teach women how to sew for 18 months, Judith & James -J127’s sister for-profit company – hires the women, and then they make the clothing that is shown on New York Fashion Week’s runways. Widows who had nothing in Nairobi are making the clothes that are hitting the most prized of runways. Now this is what it is all about.
Serving the Lord is happy. It doesn’t always mean you are in a jungle hut (though you may be!), it doesn’t mean you are isolated from your current world. Hey, God may call you to serve exactly where you are! But let me reiterate, serving the Lord is happy. and fun. and an adventure. He knows our hearts and he desires to fulfill His passions for us, if He knows we will bring Him all the glory.
Lately Hebrews 12:1-3 has been everything to me. I recite it daily and it encourages and excites me. It says:
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that entangles, and let us run with perseverance the the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.
This makes me want to run the race and never slow down. Like Eric Liddell says in Chariots of Fire,” I believe God made me for a purpose, but He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel his pleasure.”
May He be pleased as we run this race for Him.