I asked the Lord that I might grow
In faith, and love, and every grace;
Might more of His salvation know,
And seek, more earnestly, His face.
Twas He who taught me thus to pray,
And He, I trust, has answered prayer!
But it has been in such a way,
As almost drove me to despair.
I hoped that in some favored hour,
At once He’d answer my request;
And by His love’s constraining power,
Subdue my sins, and give me rest.
Instead of this, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart;
And let the angry powers of hell
Assault my soul in every part.
Yea more, with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe;
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.
Lord, why is this, I trembling cried,
Wilt thou pursue thy worm to death?
Tis in this way, the Lord replied,
I answer prayer for grace and faith.
These inward trials I employ,
From self, and pride, to set thee free;
And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
That thou mayest find thy all in Me.
-“I Asked the Lord” by Indelible Grace
In the past 48 hours, 5 VERY different people have spoken to me about my lifelong passion. And in different ways, they all said the same thing. About living out my purpose and not settling for convenience and practicality. I don’t believe that’s coincidence. That’s the Lord. It’s like He was saying, “….Can you hear me NOW? Okay, good. :) ” Now the real work begins. Obedience. Faith. Grit.
Sometimes people will tell you to rush into a situation, when you know good and well that God is telling you to wait. “Opportunities” seem to pass you by, and you start to feel somewhat flustered and impatient. You wonder if you should have just taken those “opportunities”.
I say opportunities in quotations because they may LOOK like good opportunities, but in fact they are nothing but stumbling blocks to keep you from the TRUE path God has called you on. They are disguised as opportunities.
Family and friends may be telling you to get a move on it. But even through the frustration and impatience, you keep waiting.
And then, one day, something appears. Something is made possible. And you know this doesn’t happen all the time. It is heaven-sent. It’s like God knew that when this happened, you would know that this was from Him. Not a stumbling block.
But something that was predestined.
You have such a strong feeling about this, it creates a fire in your belly that can’t be put out. You can’t even sleep at night because it has you up thinkin’, prayin, writin, rejoicin.
You just KNOW.
And all you can do is praise Him.
And so, you go for it. You take the leap.
No matter what happens; if you fall, if you soar. You just know you are meant to take it.
This story is yet to be continued….