I find myself feeling rusty at the keyboard, out of practice, unsure if I still know how . . . wondering many things I don't want to give words to for fear of sounding pathetic. But the truth I am wrestling with will not let me leave it at that! I am made for more than self-doubt and fear of failure--both are born of pride and neither is at home in the heart of anyone who is both image-bearer and daughter of the one true God.
Esther and Isaiah are on my mind as I write. Esther, an ordinary Jewish girl suddenly found herself in the palace of a foreign king, about to be his new queen. She believed Mordecai when he told her she was made "for such a time as this." (Esther 4:14 NIV) She risked everything to save her people, and DID. Isaiah the prophet found himself face to face with the pre-incarnate Christ, and said "Here am I, send me." (Isaiah 6:8 NIV) The mind-blower is that Isaiah didn't even know what the mission was when he committed himself to take it on!!
I too am called to greatness in my own time. There is a call on my life, right here, right now. While I may never know the specific nature and duties of my call before they are required, I do know that I am called to be God's girl in my place and time in history. I, like Esther, am made "for such a time as this."
So are you!
That truth puts each of us squarely in a position of great responsibility!
I need to get it really and truly into my head, my heart, my whole being, that I am "ek kaleo," that is, CALLED OUT. In God's design and enablement, I am CALLED to be a powerhouse of dynamic impact, and that is what I CAN be if I will abandon my own thoughts and stumbling blocks. I don't have to know all the details of where God is taking me, I just need to put one obedient foot in front of the other, taking the steps He directs me to take, one at a time.
"Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;I have called you by name; you are Mine!"
What do you think it means to LIVE CALLED?
What characterizes a life of CALL-ED-NESS?
What are some practical ways to get knowledge of the CALL into our everyday thinking?