I would like to give a shout out to those people who, when asked at the last minute to do something they were unprepared to do, still get up and complete the task.
I was asked to read at church today. Now, I love to read in front of a crowd and public speaking does not scare me. It is not about being the center of attention; however, I simply love passing on helpful information and reading from the Bible at church is passing on helpful information. I am asked to read periodically in a rotation of other church members who like to read as well. But today, I was tapped on the shoulder 5 minutes before the readings were to take place. I agreed to do it as a fill in for the person that was scheduled to read. But then I looked at the readings for the day and instantly felt panic as the first reading was long…Genesis 1:1-2:4. I have read this section numerous times to myself and in Bible Studies, but today, my first thought was, ‘I didn’t prepare‘.
I have come to the realization that I need to prepare for everything I do. Just winging it, doesn’t fly with me. I try to be more impulsive and open to spontaneous situations, but usually the circumstance will change and I end up not being needed for the task. Does God bless a willing heart or the person that performs? This has always been a question in my mind.
I did not have to read after all. As my life pattern continues, the reader had arranged for another church member to read for them, but the person who had asked me to read was not aware of this arrangement.
I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.
Perhaps you lost a loved one years ago, a year ago, a month ago, or a week ago.
Death stops us in our tracks and we begin to question where we go after we die. I believe in Heaven as my eternal life destination, yet I still wonder what it will be like. Thank you, MercyMe, for this song of questioning.
John 14:2 (NIV)
My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?
I have purchased some very nice fabrics and have taken time to cut squares and triangles out of them to sew together to make a quilt. I have cleaned out my attic and gathered items that I no longer need or use and grouped them in a pile to take to Goodwill. I have broken concrete slabs piled in my backyard that the previous owners used as garden borders and landscape definitions.
The commonality of my fabric pieces, the items for Goodwill, and the broken concrete slabs are that they are all projects I started and have not finished yet. I have an idea of when I will finish them, but it will take time and I am okay with that as I know the end result will be a beautiful unique quilt, others may enjoy my used items and the yard will be landscaped to attract birds and butterflies and be pleasant to the senses.
We are no different than the unfinished projects we have in our lives. You may have read the phrase “God is not finished with me yet”. It is true, we are a work in progress. When you feel deflated and lack energy, remember that God is still at work molding you. When you feel broken down by illness, remember that God is working to heal you. When your relationships with others feel strained and like they are a lot of work, remember that God is at work in each of us. He knits us together individually as well as together. Ease back on your frustrations and take note of the newness that is going on in your life.
God is not finished with us yet and there will be a glorious day when He is. We will see Him face-to-face in Heaven. We will see that we are wonderfully made in His image.
Philippians 2:13 NIV
For it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill His good purpose.