Have you felt God calling you toward something uncomfortable? Have you felt Him lead you into a way you definitely did not want to go?
What did you do with that call? Did you say yes? Did you start hesitantly or did you go for it with everything you had?
Or did you walk away, pushing that call down as if it was just a winsome thought?
There have been a few times in my life I knew God was calling me somewhere, to something - to someone - and I’ve said yes. Unfortunately, though, there are far more times in my life when I’ve said no. Gosh, I hate admitting that to you because it breaks my heart, honestly. To think about what I missed out on. What blessings I left behind, what miracles I didn't witness because I was too fearful of going and telling. And why? Mostly it was because it might have felt uncomfortable or awkward. Perhaps sometimes I was even scared of rejection. Looking back though, it doesn't seem worth it.
I don’t want you to miss out on His providence, friend. I don’t want either of us to regret another moment when we walk the other way after feeling a prompting from our Father. And I can't help but wonder if the world is full of such hate and division because believers say ‘no’ far too often when God presents us opportunities to share His love, His hope, His peace.
As I’ve been reading through the Old Testament I stumbled upon a message in Jeremiah. He had been tasked with delivering a report of virtual destruction to the people of Judah - to his people, friends and family. It was a message that completely wrecked Jeremiah in every way.
It was not the news he would have chosen to share, but it was the news God gave him to prophesy. This is what Jeremiah had to say about delivering this information:
“Each time I speak, I cry aloud; I proclaim violence and destruction, because for me the word of the Lord has resulted in reproach and derision all day long. But if I say, ‘I will not remember Him or speak anymore in His name,’ then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I am weary of holding it in, and I cannot endure it.” Jeremiah 20:8-9
Do you have a message like this? A message you desperately don’t want to share but cannot for the life of you hold in any longer? Maybe God is asking you to share Jesus with your neighbor. Perhaps He's asking you to share a piece of your past so others can be freed in their present.
I know you don’t want to go, friend, I often don’t want to go either. But I also know we need to. We need to because the world needs our yes. We need to because we don’t want to miss out on the miracles He has prepared for us to walk in and witness.
Your message, whatever it is and in whatever capacity you have it, when it is from God, you know it. You know it’s one of these messages that has to get out because He created you for such a time as this.
So let’s get the message out friend! Let’s say ‘yes’ to the uncomfortable, to the scary. Let’s trust Him to go before us, behind us and surround us with His fervent love and faithfulness! Even in a message we don’t want to give! Let’s get together and witness the good deeds He has prepared before us to walk in and through together!!
It might not be easy, but it will most certainly be worth it!
Becky is an artist, instagrammer, wannabe runner and obsessive coffee drinker. She is mom to three crazy kiddos and married her high school sweetheart, who just so happens to also be her State Representative. The beat of Becky’s heart is to equip women in living their best life, fully engaged with the love of Jesus while passionately running toward their unique calling.
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