Saturday, November 2, 2013

Prepared

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and this is not from you; it is the gift of God; it is not from works, so no one may boast.  For we are his handiwork, created in Jesus Christ for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them."  Ephesians 2

Long time friends of my blog know that I began with this format.  I used to take a piece of Scripture and relate it to my day.  But, after a couple of years/seasons I grew weary of it and felt like I was calling it in.  I found that Scripture isn't to be "used" as my tool.  Which is what it was becoming and I didn't like the idea.  It was also mostly just too serious.  But this morning, after a break, I woke up to my morning scripture passage and had a revelation that I wanted to share. 
 
 I posted a while back that I was starting a couple of new ministries.  I knew somewhat what I was doing with one of them but the other I was literally thrown into.  No prior experience.  All the people that God has put there for me have been kind and supportive.  But that doesn't change that because I got a late start I am still behind the eight ball.  I have had moments when I have said to God, "I have no earthly idea what you were thinking."  And I swear, in my mind,  I hear him laugh.  It is a little annoying but then I come around to laughing too.

I remember having the same thoughts when I was a new parent, or a new parent of two or a new parent of three.  I had no idea what God was thinking, I mean, does God even  know me???  I mostly just feel like a disaster.  I feel like I am flying from one task to another, from one person to another, from one job to another.  Somehow it always works out.  I was reminded why in today's passage; "For we are his handiwork, created in Jesus Christ for the good works that God has prepared in advance, that we should live in them." 
 
I sometimes make the mistake of thinking this is all up to me, as if I really have any control over things.   It reminds me that it isn't really a big deal, (unlike parenting).  The reality is, that I might fail in this ministry.  But it is important to remember that better people than me, people with more knowledge, experience and goodness have not always succeeded.  So what.  The grace lies in the effort.  None of it is up to me anyway, God has his own plan.  I may just be the right person for this particular time...but time passes.  So who knows.

What God reassures me through this Scripture is that I am "crafted....created in Jesus Christ"  so if I simply rely on him, all will be well. 

2 comments:

Lynda said...

Annette, thank you. This post has spoken deeply to me today. I needed to hear what you have written. Blessings and prayers.

Annette said...

Lynda, I hope all is well. Are you well?