Tuesday, May 8, 2007

In Other Words

"When God is involved, anything can happen. Be open and stay that way. God has a beautiful way of bringing good vibrations out of broken chords." ~ Chuck Swindoll~

I had two thoughts on this quote this week...one focusing on Luke 1.37 "For with God nothing will be impossible" and the other focusing on the "broken" people of the Bible. At the risk of repeating again God's abundant grace and mercy in Heather's "possible" results following "impossible" struggles with cancer lately, I'll go with the later.

God uses imperfect people. They were "broken" but obedient (eventually). *wink*

I've seen the following around the Internet. I've even heard it preached. Don't know the original source but I found something similar here:

"Abraham was old, Jacob was insecure, Leah was not attractive, Joseph was abused, Moses stuttered, Gideon was from a poor family, Sampson was codependent, David had all kinds of family problems, Elijah was deeply depressed, Jonah was reluctant, John the Baptist was eccentric, Martha was a perfectionist and worried a lot, Peter was impulsive and hot tempered. Paul was sickly, and Timothy was timid. Regardless of their imperfections God used each of them in His service. God can use you also."

How often do we think - well, God can't use me for this ministry. I'm not ready. I don't have the skills. I don't have the gifting. I don't have (whatever). We seem to have to be reminded over and over and over that we don't have to be perfect - just obedient. Isn't that easier? No working toward an impossible attainment - just do what He asks. It's not that difficult. Or is it? And, why do we as believers seem to be always trying to talk God out of our part in His plan? We need to have enough faith to step out and just do it!

I'm as guilty as the rest. I've only stepped out into seriously unfamiliar territory a handful of times when I felt God was directing me to do so. But, it ALWAYS resulted with an outcome I feel was gifted of God. Each time it gets a little easier but I still have trouble hearing Him occasionally and/or feeling His "nudges".

So, what can we do to hear Him more often? LISTEN! LOL Also, increase our faith and discernment. It's like the proverbial snowball - each step forward in faith will begin to build and build our faith, hearing, and confidence where God will use us more to bless those around us.

Wouldn't it be great to know that God chose *YOU* to step into someone's life to bless them?

For more folks take on this quote, go to Joy In The Morning who is hosting In Other Words this week.


Denise said...

Amen, amen.

Pearls of Wisdom said...

Very good post. Thanks for sharing. Amen. Many blessings to you.

In his endless love,
Angel ( Angel Mama Pearls of Wisdom)

Nise' said...

I love what you said about not being perfect just obedient! Great post thanks for sharing.

MiPa said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing.