Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
Every Wednesday night you will find us underneath the 640 bypass bridge serving food, playing piano, preaching or doing a multitude of other things. I usually work at the dessert table with two other couples, Becky and Stanley and Alexis and Cameron. Most of the time the five of us are there. We have to cut cakes, put them onto plates and serve them. It takes awhile to cut all those cakes!
Last week, none of the 5 of us were there! A rare occurrence but it happened. Becky and Stanley were on a mission trip to Romania. It was good to see them back and the first thing I asked Becky was, "how was your trip?"
I will try to remember, as best I can, her words...."It was terrible! I was so miserable! We had gone with medical people so everyone had a job but me. They put me with little children coloring and reading the Easter story. I am not good with little children! To make it worse, it was Easter and I missed my family terribly! I felt sorry for myself almost all week until the last day. They asked for someone to give a testimony so I volunteered. While I was talking I saw several people crying. I felt like the Holy Spirit was telling me that this is why He brought me to Romania!"
I know Becky and I know that she has a heart for the Lord and for serving Him. Sometimes though, it is difficult to see what He is trying to do with us!
After that conversation, the next morning I was reading in my "Joyce Meyer Bible" in Joshua. She always makes comments in the margins. In the first chapter Moses had died. The Lord allowed the Israelites to mourn him for 30 days. After that God told Joshua that it was time for him to take his new position. (Joshua 1:2)
The comment that Joyce wrote in the margin was this:
"Because Moses had done many things for Joshua and the Israelites, before he died, they needed to learn how to handle new responsibilities after he died. They may not have felt prepared to step out into new things, but God knew they were ready. It is actually a good thing when we do not 'feel' ready, because then we are more likely to totally lean on God. If we feel self-sufficient , God can't really use us."
New things always seem frightening, but soon they will become old things and God will have another 'new thing' on the horizon of our lives. We need to grow accustomed to stepping out into new things. The more we do, the more we realize that we don't have to be comfortable to be obedient. In order to take hold of a new thing, we must let go of the old and allow ourselves time to get acquainted with the new.
Do not be afraid to release and walk away from what God is finished with; He has wonderful new things waiting for you!"
My prayer...."All you command us we will do and wherever you send us we will go." Joshua 1:16