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I Will Follow

on April 24, 2013

So this past week was rough. I can’t really put my finger on what was wrong. It wasn’t anything major specifically. I guess hearing about tragedies in the news got to me. My heart goes out to the families and friends of victims from Boston, MA and  West, TX. I’ve been to both cities but honestly don’t have many connections. Hearing things about the assumptions in the news bothered me but that wasn’t anything where I really felt a personal connection. Things are also getting busier at work. I have had work events the previous two weekends so I didn’t have a full day of rest for over two weeks. But that wasn’t it either. My mom and dad were on vacation, so I couldn’t call and talk to my mom, but that’s normally not a big deal. I can’t really put my finger on what made the week so hard for me, but by Friday night, I was spent. I was mentally, physically, and spiritually exhausted.

Friday evening, I got to spend some time with two wonderful friends from church. It felt really good to laugh, have fun, and just be silly girls. Saturday I didn’t do a whole lot. I just pretty puttered around the house and relaxed.

Sunday evening I went and represented my organization at a volunteer project with a small group from the Access service from First UMC, Richardson. It was really fun to share the wonderful things my organization is doing with wonderful people.

Then I went to Access…. This service is always amazing: I get to see friends that I don’t see any other day of the week, hear great music, and a short but powerful message to help energize me for the week. We sang one of my favorite songs, a song that I find really represents my life: I Will Follow by Chris Tomlin.  As you can imagine, this song is about following God and trusting in his timing and just simply saying that you will go and serve who He wants you to serve. LOVE IT!  And then the service got even better when Clayton Oliphint’s sermon was on answering God’s call in your life!

Now, there was a time last year where it felt like I heard this exact sermon every week from various pastors. There was someone in my head saying, “Hey ding dong! This sermon is for you! Are you answering my call to you????” And I was afraid to answer or even think about that question. I relate very well to the “call stories” from the Bible. Moses said that his brother was better, Samuel thought it was his master calling him not God, Jeremiah said he was too young, and Jonah ran the other way! I’m comforted by the excuses that these people used in their stories. I am amazed still today that I finally let go of my life to God. It’s not easy to do! Now, I say that I let go of my life, but this is something that I have to do daily. I have to give my life over. I find that on weeks that I’m struggling with something either tangible or intangible, it is often because I’m trying to hold on to something in my life. I struggle daily to give over control of certain things in my life.

After hearing the sermon, I felt renewed and ready to face the week. I was once again assured that God is present in my life, and I was reminded that I need to constantly seek him in what I am doing. For this reason, I love to read the blogs of my fellow missionaries and the stories that they share about their calls to mission. I’m often reminded that I’m not alone in my path to seeking where I fit in God’s story. I truly believed we are ALL called to serve God’s people in various ways. We are all missionaries. I may actually have that as my job title, but I believe that everyone is called to serve God in mission in some way. We have to but listen to God calling us.

I pray that you will seek God in your life and will take time to listen to God. I heard a children’s sermon about prayer a few weeks ago. The person sharing expressed that often times as children we are taught that prayer is talking to God. Instead, we should listen to God twice as long as we talk. Prayer should be open communication. So take time to not just listen but to also act on God’s call in your life. It’s pretty amazing how things will work out when you do!

Til next time,

Elisabeth

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One response to “I Will Follow

  1. May God continue to bless you as you follow. Miss you! hugs and prayers.. 🙂

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