A Call from God

“I have called you by name and you are Mine.” Isaiah 43:1

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When we need advice, we pick up the phone and call our mom or sister or best friend or pastor or whoever. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could do the same thing with God? So often, I think about this. Recently, I have been trying to find who I am. I have been trying to figure out what God wants me to do with my life to better myself for Him. It is one of those times where I just want to pick up the phone and call Him directly. That would certainly be easier. But God doesn’t always do things the easy way. Isaiah 41:10,13 (NIV) says, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.”

While it may not be easy and we may be going crazy, God is providing. God is strengthening us and aiding us through all trials He is calling us to. I have read many times before that God only gives you obstacles He knows you can overcome.

For the past week I have been struggling about what to write. A lot of good and bad things have come up and I wanted to write something that would help my friends and family get through what they are going through. Last Tuesday I had bible study with my girls and we talked about trusting in God. I thought “I could write about that,” but then I would think about writing about being content where we are in our lives right now. Then on the way home last night, I started planning my Tuesday. It led me to thinking about what my calling was. And that made me think that there a lot of people in my life that are dealing with what God’s calling is for them right now. Writing about our calling from God is kinda putting all the things that have been tumbling around in my mind in one category.

I want to talk about:

  1. God calling you to do something you don’t want to do
  2. God calling you to the unknown
  3. God calling you to be patient and content in Him
  4. God calling you to trust in Him and His plans

First, God calls us to do things that we really aren’t that interested in doing. It sounds bad. It sounds like we are running from God like Jonah when God wanted him to go to Nineveh. And maybe we are without even realizing it. In April of 2013, I went to the rodeo with my best friend, her boyfriend and Lowell. Lowell and I were not dating at that point and I didn’t wait to date him. My best friend told me many times that night that we should be dating and I said to her, “Mariah, I will never date him.” Sometimes I think God sits back and watches us and chuckles because we think we are so smart and know best. Low and behold, with the help of my best friend, Lowell and I were dating within 3 months. It is not that I didn’t necessarily want to date him, but we were good friends and it just seemed bad. But God knew better and He knew what was best for me even when I thought different. God uses the people and things around us to get us in the direction we need to head.  Looking back, the only thing I would have changed is how stubborn I was because Lowell has been one of the best blessings I have ever received.

Recently, I have been trying to find a job that I am passionate about. I had been babysitting for a couple of families and not really enjoying like I wanted to be. I had also been cleaning for a local store. I never really liked cleaning around the house when I was kid or even after I got married. But cleaning for someone else wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Cleaning, however, was kinda on the back burner. A last resort. But it became more and more clear that it was my calling. It is flexible and if you are good, you make a decent living. Then, my friend decided to move and the lady she cleaned for would be needing someone. The lady asked her if she knew of anyone and my friend said that I may be interested. I am planning on meeting up with the lady to meet her and discuss the job. It is something that I never enjoyed as a child or an adult but something that God has called me to do. It is only one job currently, but I know God will provide for me.

Secondly, God calls us to the unknown. This one is the scariest for me. He is still with us, but He is not giving any hints to what is ahead. I found a quote that said, “Jesus called Peter a ‘rock’ long before Peter was stable and mature. He leads us by calling out what He sees, not by calling out our failures” (Unknown who said that). God knows us. God knows all about us. Our past, our present and the future. He knows what we will be doing this time next year. My little brother, Trae, has been struggling for a while now about what he wants to do with his life. He graduated high school and started college, thinking nursing school for the future. He got burnt out and didn’t know what he wanted to do. He moved back home and has been working for my dad even though he does not enjoy it. In August, He is heading to ACTS (http://www.gcmacts.com/acts)  in Washington. ACTS is a discipleship program where young adults take time to “fall in love with God more deeply, apply that love through a local ministry, and prayerfully discern God’s direction for life’s next step.” Trae isn’t sure what all he is getting into, but he knows that God is calling him to go and love Him more and praise Him more. God calls us to be things or people long before we are ready. It is just one of the countless amazing facts about God.I believe God is calling Trae for something amazing. Prayers for him in his amazing journey ahead of him.

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Next, I want to talk about God calling us to be patient and content in Him. Being patient with anyone is hard. Being patient with God is easy to say, harder to be done. “Be patient and God will provide.” Yes, while that is comforting, it can also be annoying. We as society think we can handle things on our own. Through talking with friends and family and in my own experiences, I have come to understand that it is difficult to put aside our own will and listen to God’s will. We want to move ahead in our lives without waiting for God to help us. We think we can handle our own situations. My parents have been trying to sell their house for over a year and haven’t yet. They are trying to decipher what God is telling them. My mom told me a while ago that if she had it her way, the house would be sold and they would be completely moved into a new, smaller house and happy as a lark. But that is not what God had in store. As humans, we want what we want and we want it now. Being patient takes practice.

Being content is being patient but it is more than that. Being is content is being at peace with where we are. That could mean in our jobs, in our relationships, our weight, or in life in general. So many people are frustrated with where they are in their lives. They are not as successful as they wanted to be. They don’t have the job they want. Their relationship is going in the direction they want it to. They wanted to be dating or married by now. They wanted to lose that extra weight by now and haven’t. Everyone has had disappointments in their lives like these. But then there is God. God who can make all these problems and disappointments seem small. God who can take these problems away and give you blessings upon blessings. Being content with God is the best because He makes everything else fade away. I have a friend who has been in a relationship for quite a while. She has waited and waited to be a wife and she is still waiting. She loves her boyfriend so much.While it can get annoying, her love for her boyfriend and her love for Jesus has provided her with peace and patience. She is learning to be content with the stage of life she is in. Being content with our stages of life, whether we like them or not, strengthens our relationship with God. Being content with God, eases our stages of life.

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Lastly, God calls us to trust in him and his plans. Francis Chan says in his book Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, “But God doesn’t call us to be comfortable. He calls us to trust him so completely that we are unafraid to put ourselves in situations where we will be in trouble if He doesn’t come through.” In today’s world, there is a lot of bad. Things happening all of the world. The only way to feel peace is to put your complete trust in God. With God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). It is easy to look at everything going wrong and be depressed and fearful. But trusting God will put peace in the hearts of all that have fear. “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you” (Psalms 56:3). Whatever causes you to fear, give it to God. When I pray at night, I ask God to take my doubts and fears and throw them away. To heal my heart of those things and replace them with peace and happiness. I encourage you to do the same when you feel this way. If you truly give it all to God, you can feel Him taking those worries and replacing them with peace. I shared this with my girls at our trust bible study; “There isn’t enough room in your mind for both worry and faith {trust}. You must decide which one will live there.”

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“There is no storm that God won’t carry you through. No bridge that God won’t help you cross. No battle that God won’t help you win. No heartache that God won’t help you let go of. He is SO much bigger than anything you will face today. Leave everything in His hands and embrace this day confidently knowing that He WILL take care of you.” {Author unknown}

Listening to God’s call is so important. Sometimes He asks us to be still and wait. Sometimes He is asking us to move forward with something we are unsure of or something we don’t want to do. Whatever God is asking of you, know that He will always give you what you need to get through it. God never ceases to amaze me with how faithful and trustworthy He is. “I will not let fear of failing consume me. I will live out my calling.” God will call you to things you do and do not want to do, but trusting in Him will always keep you safe.

Mother Teresa said, “I used to pray that God would feed the hungry, or do this or that, but now I pray that He will guide me to do whatever I’m supposed to do, what I can do. I used to pray for answers, but now I’m praying for strength. I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things.” Be the change. Listen to the call. Answer the phone and listen to the call.

Here is 2 amazing songs that get me through hard times::

 

God bless you and your family and your week!

Love Kaci

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