Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Mindy here. Has God ever called you to something? You may have heard one or more of my F.A.I.T.H. sisters talk about being called to write. Perhaps God has called you to ministry or missions. Maybe He's called you to be a mom, nurturing the lives of your children, pointing them toward God.

However, just because God calls us, doesn't mean it just happens. Take a look at David. First Samuel, chapter sixteen, gives us the account of a young David being anointed by God as King of Israel. Yet it was nearly twenty years before he actually took the throne. During that time, God was preparing David to be the greatest king Israel would ever know.

Even David's anointing was somewhat anticlimactic from earthly standards. Samuel poured the horn of oil on David, signifying his anointing, then David went back to the field to tend his sheep. Yet even through that seemingly menial task, God was preparing David, teaching him not only gentleness, patience, and leadership, but how to be a warrior. In first Samuel 17:34-36, David tells King Saul, "“Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear."


Lucky for us, we likely won't have to face any lions or bears. At least not physically. Be assured that things will come in our path that threaten to overtake us. Like David, we must be ready to seize them, How? By allowing God to teach us, strengthen us. By being fully committed to Him and His purpose.

David faced many highs and lows. From serving in the king's palace, to hiding in the desert. And we can expect no less. If we're called, God will prepare us to be used. In the words of Beth Moore, "Our appointments are not about glamour. They're about glory. God's glory."

Has God called you to something? How are the preparations coming? Tough, huh? Hang in there, my friend. Wait on God. He knows when the time is right.

Happy Tuesday, y'all. Don't forget to check out this week's author interview at Divine Imagination. Cynthia Ruchti is my guest. You would win a copy of her debut novel, They Almost Always Come Home.

4 comments:

  1. Mindy,

    Thanks for a great post and for reminding us to allow God to teach us during these tough times!

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  2. Loved this post, Mindy. It so helps me make sense of the 20 year wait to even begin learning how to write and speak. I first was called to be a working mom. I didn't want to be a working mom. I wanted to be a mom. But there was no other way to support, house, and feed my children. But God is always preparing us. I realize now that many of the experiences I had during those 20 years are exactly what I'm writing about today! So your post really encouraged me :-)
    Angie

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  3. I do feel called to write. Otherwise I would have given up long ago. But I just felt that nudging and some sort of confirmation would come along when I was down and out about it.
    Writing isn't easy or without it's problems.

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  4. Great post, Mindy! I'm sorry I missed it the other day. I don't know how I didn't get by that day.

    The next chance I get, I'm going to go back and read about David's journey. It's been a while since I've studied him.

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