New Year’s night I sat by my computer feeling like I might explode as I waited for Parkingspacefaith.com to appear. It reminded me of how I used to feel on Christmas morning when I was a little girl. My three brothers and I would have to wait in the hallway while my Dad tortured us by taking what seemed like hours to light the fire in our den and get the camera ready. My heart would race and none of us could sit still. When Dad would finally give the okay, we would burst through the door to see what Santa had brought. What great memories!
As I sat waiting for Ken to give us the okay, I began to think back over the journey that brought us to that moment. It was neat to see all the little things that God had orchestrated. From the first tugging to do something for His glory to the realization of what He was actually calling us to do. I remember the overwhelmingly confused feeling when I felt the pull to build a website. I had no idea how to go about building a website. For crying out loud, I am the one who is usually saying mean and hateful things to my computer because it is not cooperating with me. I have even seriously considered throwing it out of the window. Then to complicate things further, Carolyn, Grace, and Lisa by their own admission were more computer illiterate than I was!
Isn’t that just like God? He gives a seemingly impossible task – one that is not within our range of ability and then He waits for us to surrender it to Him completely. I guess He knows that if it were within our realm of capability, we would take off on our own and completely mess things up. Though things did not instantly fall into place, like I wanted, God began working out every little detail. He sent the right people, with the right gifts, at the right time. He left no doubt that it was His hand.
You know, left to my own plan, I would have never picked a website as my avenue for serving my Heavenly Father. Nope, I would have picked something in keeping with my talents, like, well…uh, okay so let’s move on.
Here’s the point; God often calls us to “God sized” tasks. The problem is, we often dismiss them because they are beyond our ability, not in our area of expertise, or they aren’t in our area of “giftedness”. Oh yeah, and there is usually a little issue of time…not enough of it. Please, all of these I consider to be valid arguments, and make no mistake, I have used them all. However, I don’t think God finds them acceptable, at least He hasn’t for me.
So, as I sat there in front of my computer I mused over how freeing it actually was to be called to a task that I was incapable of doing because really, the only thing God had required of me was a willing heart. He did the rest. Now that I think about it, Moses didn’t have the expertise or ability to part the Red Sea, but it parted. Peter was not a gifted teacher nor did he possess a superior intellect, but Christ used him to build His church. And, I guess if a few fishes and loaves can be multiplied to feed thousands, God is quite capable of multiplying our time in order to fit His purpose into our schedule. By the way, there is the option of eliminating some things from our schedule in order to have more room for God’s plan for our lives.
I am not one to make New Year’s resolutions. In fact, the only one I ever made was “to not make a New Year’s resolution.” I am proud to say that over the years I have stuck to it. Now I think maybe it’s time to break my old standing New Year’s resolution by making one for 2013. Some of you might want to join me. For 2013, I resolve to embrace the “God size” tasks more willingly. Whether it involves working through me to do something for His glory or working in me to become something for His glory, I know that it is God who will “equip me in every good thing to do His will.” (Hebrews 13:21)
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