It’s funny when we attempt to avoid God or the call that He’s placed in our lives. I’ve spent the last year staying comfortable and keeping a tight hold on various aspects of my life (or so I thought) that I wasn’t ready to give God yet. I pray in apprehensiveness, "Lord use me." When hidden beneath those words I’m praying, “Lord use me in this way because it’s safe and I can handle it, but don’t use me in that way because it’s uncomfortable and I don’t know if I’m ready for it.” But what does He do? He continuously shows up with the that’s of life and lays them gently (and sometimes not so gently) on my lap.
The Lord desired to use Jonah and Jonah fled. He attempted to keep God at a comfortable distance, which is an all too familiar habit that I catch myself getting into. I am Jonah. I am fearful. I am inept. I am disgraceful. But He meets me there. And blankets me in Grace & forgiveness and still chooses to use me. He still chooses to place those that’s in front of me just as He did for Jonah. He used a raging sea to awaken Jonah’s stubborn heart and I need to grow sensitive to those storms He’s caused in my life and the stirring He’s doing within me. I am eager to be the Lord’s hands and feet and I yearn to connect with His people in holistic and compassionate ways through His Spirit. The time has come to die to my fears of inadequacy and to die to my avoidance of His calling. I am enough because He has designed me to be that way.
“I called out to the Lord, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice. For you cast me into the deep, into the heart of the seas, and the flood surrounded me; all your waves and your billows passed over me. Then I said, ‘I am driven away from your sight; yet I shall again look upon your holy temple.’ The waters closed in over me to take my life; the deep surrounded me; weeds were wrapped about my head at the roots of the mountains. I went down to the land whose bars closed upon me forever; yet you brought up my life from the pit, O LORD my God. When my life was fainting away, I remembered the LORD, and my prayer came to you, into your holy temple. Those who pay regard to vain idols forsake their hope of steadfast love. But I with the voice of thanksgiving will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed I will pay. Salvation belongs to the Lord.”
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