Live In The Motion


Tuesday, January 16, 2018


 

This week I had Monday off in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. The day’s agenda consisted of sleeping in, lunch with my bestie, and fancy golden milk lattes as I walked around the new Brickell City Centre. Yet on the drive back home, I was caught off guard when a series of events were set in motion.

If you have ever driven in proximity to me on the road, I just want to apologize now. Something happens in my body chemistry when there are cars on the road trying to pass ahead of me. Naturally, it is a race and I need to win. Isn’t that what Paul meant about the race and getting the prize?

So there I am, gradually increasing in acceleration as to not allow the black BMW pass on my right. The traffic slowed and I peered to the left to see what was going on up ahead. There was a small dog crossing the street with his back legs sort of limping. Of course, I immediately hit the brakes and watched as the dog hobbled onto the sidewalk.

My heart sunk and I thought for a moment about stopping to pick him/her up. Surely if there was a tag or phone number, this adorable pup could be returned home. In that same moment, I also reasoned that someone else could do it. Even though I had come to a complete stop, I was not moving. I stayed in my car just watching. Hoping. But not moving.

That was when I watched as the black BMW that I had been “racing” turn around and stop next to the straggling dog. He picked up the dog, closed his car door, and turned back on his way. I trust that he took that dog to get help and hopefully find his family, but that is not the point of this story. The point is… when I said “No” to being used, someone else gave God a “Yes”.

Maybe you have never heard this, but… God does not need your help. He wants your help. God wants to use you to bless others, and at the same time bless YOU. Isn’t that amazing? It is all about Him, and then He makes it about you. Okay, but it is still all about Him.

There are countless recollections in the bible of times when men and women said no to God. Thankfully, we follow a merciful Lord that can often take our rejection and turn it around to bring glory to His name. We also follow a God that can speak to us (even when we can’t hear His voice) by using people in our lives.

While We Make Excuses, God Fortifies Our Call

Jeremiah had a big calling. God told him he was set apart and appointed as a prophet to the nations (Jeremiah 1:5). Can you guess what Jeremiah replied when he heard this? He told God that he was too young and did not know much of anything.

Read a little further in Jeremiah chapter 1 and you will quickly pick up on a few things. First, God had commanded it and He doesn’t go back on His word. Then the Lord built him up, even more, declaring, “Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you.” (Jeremiah 1:8). His calling is affirmed and the Lord tells Jeremiah that he is appointed over nations and kingdoms.

When We Don’t Recognize His Voice, He Calls Us Three Times (or more)

Samuel heard his name called. He ran to Eli, the priest whom he ministered under, but Eli told him to go back and lie down. He had not called him. A second time this happened. And then a third. Eli repeated, “I did not call; go back and lie down.” (1 Samuel 3:6).

Every time Samuel ran to Eli, thinking he had called him because that made the most sense. Who else would be calling him? It’s important to note that in verse 7 we read that Samuel did not know God on a personal level. That is why he could hear God’s voice but did not know it was God calling him.

What’s even more amazing is that God used Eli to tell Samuel that the Lord was calling him. In the same way, God uses people in our world to prompt us when we don’t recognize His voice. It wasn’t until Samuel responded to the Lord in obedience that we see the revelation of God’s promise for Samuel.

A Big Yes for a Big God

We can read about the fulfillment of God’s promises in the lives of Jeremiah and Samuel. Like us, they were imperfect, but God used them to bring more glory to His name. What will it take for you to say Yes? Are you going to wait for a sign, a third calling, more affirmation, or will you say like Samuel, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” (1 Samuel 3:10).

 

 

Author: Diana R.

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