“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.”Proverbs 3:5-6
Answering a direct calling from God can fill us with fear and trepidation. We can empathize with Moses’ nervous excuses as he attempts to prove to God he is not the right man for the job. Another fearful situation we find ourselves in is not receiving a direct call from God. It can be hard to discern one’s calling when entering adulthood and other major turning points in our lives. Moses tended his father-in-law’s herds until he was nearly 80 years old before God appeared to him.
In 2009 I left home to join the staff of a summer family camp on Catalina Island. I did not feel I had received a direct call from the Lord, and I had no idea what lay ahead. But God was faithful that year and the following four years when I returned to minister and serve. Looking back, I see how God worked not only through me but in spite of me in many situations, shaping me into who I am today.
Think back to pivotal times when God lovingly pursued you and used your Exodus experiences to bring you to a land flowing with milk and honey.
“Great is thy faithfulness, O God my Father;/ There is no shadow of turning with thee.../ As thou hast been thou forever wilt be.” (Thomas O. Chisholm, 1923)