Its dawning on me that when I come up with scenarios for meeting my need I am reducing my options to my resources. Janice Wood

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Its dawning on me that when I come up with scenarios for meeting my need I am reducing my options to my resources and x-ing out everything outside my strength and ability to conceive. Hence when God takes me down a different path– a humbler, undefined, unfamiliar, unanticipated, unwanted path–I become angry, disillusioned, fearful,alienated from God. Like Naman the leper who sought healing from Elijah the prophet almost missed his cure because he refused to dunk in the muddy Jordan river. God will not share the stage when the audience stands to applaud. I, therefore determine to get off the stage and, like the prepared actor, have my lines ready for when He calls me out. Being ready means honing my craft, my hobbies, my mind and heart to read the circumstances and people about me to accurately see where my particular gifts can bless others and seizing the moment for God’s glory.

3 thoughts on “Its dawning on me that when I come up with scenarios for meeting my need I am reducing my options to my resources. Janice Wood

  1. Well, you blessed me today. I love the visual of trying to meet my need with my resources and x-ing out all that God can do with His resources. This is such and important point. Thank you for sharing!

    • Thank you Crista. These are ahas I get in my walk with the Lord that I need to take a refresher on. Today as I was reading my mom’s Bible the conversation God had with Moses as He was recruiting him to lead Israel out of Egypt I saw her note in the outer margin that Moses was afraid. Then God offered Mo all sorts of props and gimmicks, even his brother, Aaron, to be Moses’s front man and I saw that Moses wasn’t just afraid. Moses was an introvert with a bad speech impediment. He had a heart for his people and his belly burned with fire and rage when he saw the Egyptian boss beating up on a brother and he was willing to take decisive brutal action as long as no one was looking. Moses was raised in Pharoah’s court but he wasn’t blood and maybe the other kids in the court teased Moses for his speech impediment and lack of boldness. So when God says I have heard the cry of Israel and you’re my man Moses totally freaked. I think I get that. Moses did not see himself as the hero savior type. He needed a speech therapist and a psychiatrist! But God, who made the tongue and everything about him chose the foolish to confound the wise. He does His best work through the willing not the ones most likely to succeed!

      • Yes! Sometimes there is no rhyme or reason for us to see why God does the things He does, or chooses the ones who will lead. I love that we can’t put God in a box. I’m going down a road as of late that is freaking me out! I’m an introvert, and God has been asking me to be bolder for Him. What you said about Moses and your Mom’s note brings me peace. When we stop questioning why, we can then hear what God is trying to say. Thank you for sharing this with me!

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