At times I am overwhelmed by the faithfulness of God. How is it that I have the audacity to serve as God’s instrument—weak and flawed as I am? I do not understand the logic of it, but I have an inkling of God’s grace and unconditional love. I accept this mystery with gratitude and do my small part for the kingdom.
A few months ago, I woke up in the middle of the night with a center for spiritual formation laid out in my mind. I got up and typed it out and went back to bed. When I arose the next morning and ever since that night, I have been gradually putting that plan into place. I am certain that it is from God. I don’t often get this direct communication in the form of fully developed ideas, but I know it didn’t come from me. That is the wonder I have—how is it that I get to carry out this plan? As it comes to fruition, it is amazing that God brings resources and draws those who can best be served by the offerings.
On Monday of this week we launched the first on-line offering on spiritual formation. It is a class/retreat on Transformation through Scripture. It has drawn a wonderful group of participants from all across the nation to reap the wisdom of Dr. David Wray and to spend time with scripture in a manner that allows the word to “read us.” It is part of a yearlong journey in the disciplines. The next class begins in November and is on Contemplative Prayer. What a thrill it is to bring this material and experience to those who want to draw closer to God!
So, how is it that I am worthy of serving as God’s instrument? Thank God that these human kingdom instruments are comprised of broken vessels. I certainly would be excluded if that were not the case. My role is to be available and to continually surrender to God’s gracious shaping of me into the most useful instrument possible. And my role is to listen and be obedient to the tasks to which I am called.
May we be constantly aware of God’s faithfulness.
Grace and peace to you,