OK everybody up! Rise and shine! Good Morning! Up…Up…Up…!
I have never, in my history, wanted to be a work-from-home mom more than right now. With my 8-year-old granddaughter staying with us while her mom is in the hospital, preparing for this Monday brought sadness to me. I thought about my 8 year old granddaughter having to get ready for school when I’m already at work. I thought about her face yesterday when we took her to see her mom in the hospital. She tried so hard to show bravery, but in my heart I could feel her fear. She’s too young to have enough life experience to know that we are climbing up the side of a very steep and rocky mountain right now, but at the top we will see the magnificence of God’s power. I’ve been thinking constantly about James 1:3-4 that says, “The testing of your faith develops perseverance, and perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature, complete, not lacking anything.” Not lacking anything. How about you? Maybe you’ve been struggling up a very exhausting mountain and are wondering when does this end.
In these times, we have to write this on our hearts, God is faithful and our calling is to grow stronger in our faith by consistently trusting God, staying on his course, and not wavering even when torrential wind on the mountain makes us want to turn back and turn away from the Lord. The enemy of our souls would want nothing more than to witness our lack of faith. Many times in scripture we are encouraged to “Be strong and courageous. God will be with you wherever you go.” But in my Bible reading today, in my utter feelings of inadequacy toward going to work and keeping my mind on the work I’m being paid to perform, the passage came to me in 1 Chronicles 28:20 David also said to Solomon his son, “Be strong and courageous, and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the Lord God, my God, is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished.”
No, we aren’t building a temple in a physical sense, but the message is clear. We are not called to do any work then left to flounder on our own, in fear and without support. God knows what we need to make it from this hour to the next and he is our sustainer and walks beside us to hold us up when we feel like we can’t go on.
Last night our pastor was finished with his teaching, but added this last message that meant more to me than all he had shared before. He had been talking about grace, for which I am eternally thankful. But for today, in my concerns of being able to focus on the job God has given me and my desire to work diligently and honorably when my mind wants to be home making life comfortable for my family, Pastor Snyder reminded me that God equips us to do what we are called to do and the feelings of inadequacy are not valid. 1 Corinthians 15:10“But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.”
So for today, as I close the door of my house behind me and embark on the adventure of today, I am claiming God’s promise to go with me, wherever I go. Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Will you follow him into your mission field for today?