Then shall the lame man leap as an hart, and the tongue of the dumb sing: for in the wilderness shall waters break out, and streams in the desert. Isaiah 35:6 KJV
This time of COVID has been a season of growing and stretching (for sure) but not in expected ways. I wondered, “How could I be growing in a time of stagnation? How is that possible?”
To answer those questions I point you to the hero of my story: Jesus.
He is the ultimate “answer” to any and all questions.
The limp and The Call
My doctor made it clear to me, “For the next twelve weeks absolutely no weight is to be put on those broken bones!”
So, every day I laid in bed, with my foot elevated on a mountain of pillows wondering, “When would I walk again?”
That question seemed to merge with other questions like, “When would I write again?”
And, “Was I really willing to lay down everything if God was asking me to do it?
I still remember the triumph I felt the first time I was able to limp with this broken foot!
Questioning the Gift
Scripture makes it clear that God gives each of His children spiritual gifts.
Just as there are many parts to our bodies, so it is with Christ’s body. We are all parts of it, and it takes every one of us to make it complete, for we each have different work to do. So we belong to each other, and each needs all the others.
God has given each of us the ability to do certain things well. So if God has given you the ability to prophesy, then prophesy whenever you can—as often as your faith is strong enough to receive a message from God. If your gift is that of serving others, serve them well. If you are a teacher, do a good job of teaching. If you are a preacher, see to it that your sermons are strong and helpful. If God has given you money, be generous in helping others with it. If God has given you administrative ability and put you in charge of the work of others, take the responsibility seriously. Those who offer comfort to the sorrowing should do so with Christian cheer. Romans 12:4-8 TLB
My primary gift has always been encouragement, but there is no doubt in my mind that Jesus, through His Holy Spirit, has always been the source of that gift.
He is the Living Water and He is the One who brings the Life.
Yes, God called me to write through the words of Jeremiah (1:5) and Isaiah (40:1)–but I am thinking, “Now what?”
Confined to a bed for twelve weeks, I was experiencing a new and fresh revelation of the truth, “…apart from Me you can do nothing.”
I wondered, “Will this brokenness become the thing that derails my “call” or, will it be the thing that propels this “call to write” into new, and previously uncharted, territories?”
God chooses the “perfect” timing
Sometimes, it is in our most broken and discouraged moments, that God breaks into our lives to lead us into our greatest growth, miracles, and ultimate breakthroughs.
The story below illustrates this perfectly:
Dusting off our “call” with a New Blessing:
My hope for this blog has always been that each person would discover why they were put on this planet, and exactly what, they have been called by God to do.
So, having said that again, may I bless you to dust off your call and follow it with new vision, purpose, and blessing?
- May these videos I have shared bring you great hope and new encouragement.
- May they transform your thinking and perspective in a time of COVID.
- May you see your own brokenness with new eyes of compassion.
- May you find afresh that it is Jesus, and only Jesus, who is the real hero in our destinies.
- May His Spirit lead you to your own breakthrough–the one God has provided for you, His cherished and beloved child.
Jesus, You are The Hero…
And, You are the only One I want on the pedestal in my life–and the throne in my heart.
LORD, bring fresh courage and new hope to each one who reads my words.
LORD, will You…
- Make their hearts to sing again!
- Help them remember that YOU have the last word in their story.
- Remind them of how much they are loved by You.
- Thank you for coming into this dark world!
- Truly Jesus, You are our world’s only hope.
- May each one dust off their call…
- May they follow wherever you lead, as You shepherd them…
- Knowing, Your help is on the way!
O crier of good news, shout to Jerusalem from the mountaintops! Shout louder—don’t be afraid—tell the cities of Judah, “Your God is coming!” Yes, the Lord God is coming with mighty power; he will rule with awesome strength. See, his reward is with him, to each as he has done. He will feed his flock like a shepherd; he will carry the lambs in his arms and gently lead the ewes with young. Isaiah 40:9-11 TLB