Have you ever been prompted to do something the Lord wants you to do, you step out and make the first step, but then there seems to be delays (not of your own cause) that keeps you from doing what God wants you to do? For several months now I have stepped forth as a volunteer in a wonderful ministry to mentor young ladies. But no ladies were yet available in the program to mentor.
God has His timing, and I am to wait for His will, His timing and trust that He knows what He is doing. In the interim, my continuing job came into question, which left me wondering would I be able to keep the time and day of the week for when I was needed available. Would I actually be able to keep that commitment if I had to get a new job. Who knows what part of town the job would be in, and who knows what the work hours would be? I began to question if I had heard the Lord right in what He wanted me to do. I admit I just didn’t see how I was physically going to be able to do what I believed the Lord called me to do.
This was my version of Jesus asking me to do something, and me (like Martha see John 11:39) not seeing how I would accomplish what He wants me to do or if it is really the right thing to do. Lord, how can I make a commitment for an on-going ministry when I don’t know what my schedule will be in the not-so-distant future?
This morning I was reminded that the Lord makes His plans and makes a way (Isaiah 44:24-28). God had a plan to release the people of Israel from exile in Babylon, and that it would be fulfilled by Cyrus, King of Persia, who would not be born until more than a hundred years later. What the Lord says will be, will be, even when we can’t see how. He said: “I will go before you and will level the mountains; I will break down gates of bronze and cut through bars of iron.” (Is. 45:2) There is nothing the Lord can’t cause to happen if it is His will.
And yesterday He answered my questions. At least for the next year or so I will continue to have a job with my company. Yep, “what will my schedule be and how will my needs be met” has been answered. And just a few hours later I received a message that the first young woman coming into the program will be in place by the end of next week. He went before me and “leveled the mountains” and He shone His light on the path He has been urging me to take. So, yes, I heard Him right, and I am walking in the direction He wants me to take — get this, IN my own subdivision.
I am so grateful that we have a Lord who understands that when we don’t understand we question not Him, but ourselves. Did He really tell me to do that? When it seems there are obstacles that we can’t see how to get around, He is there to clear the path. We are only to “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to Him, and He will make your paths straight.” (Prov. 3:5-6) Thank you Lord for your patience with me, Your wisdom, and Your direction!