I love how God works! I would scream that, but I'm sitting in Starbucks and I might freak out the customers - so I'll just shout it in this post: "I love how God works!"
I sat down this morning to answer e-mails and here we are, years after Collision was released and I am still getting notes of adoration for the book. I get questions, comments and amazing proclamations. All of it is amazing, and I love responding (although it can take me some time).
But, there's something about this book and the story told inside that has compelled people to want more.
To discover their purpose.
I've had several people say they put the book down and signed up for a mission trip. I've had more say that they are now really thinking about what it is they are meant to do with their time on this earth. It's gotten people thinking and that's exactly what I was hoping it would do.
In answering these notes, one of the things I'm trying to tell people is, just do something! Act. Start. Believe. Search. Say "yes" when God says "Go"!
Act. Start. Believe. Search. Say "yes" when God says "Go"! http://bit.ly/1YIi1jT
So, I went back into the archives of my blog and found this post from a few years back. This is for all of you out there that are waiting for God to speak to you - to give you direction. I hope my confusion and wandering of a few years back, will encourage you in a new way. It sure does me.
I love you guys, and I'm thankful for each and every one of you! And please, if you're feeling compelled to head a certain direction, let me know so I can be praying for you on your journey! It's the least I can do for all that you do for me!
Have you ever sat around and waited for God to do something for you? Have you prayed, begged, questioned, ranted and raved? "Where are you?" "Why aren't you doing something?" "When are you going to act?"
Maybe I'm the only one.
I was thinking about that today. Not that I'm sitting around and asking God those questions during this season of my life. Actually, right now all is going well. But I know that I have asked those very questions and I have a lot of friends that are asking those questions. So, being snowed in as I am, and having nothing better to do, I sat and pondered. Then, I decided to re-read the book of Exodus (for some reason I'm going there a lot right now).
Once God and Moses have made their formal introductions, God gets right down to business. He tells Moses what he has planned. He is going to rescue the Israelites.
Now, do you think God really needed Moses to "help him" do it? No. Obviously he didn't, but he chose to use him.
But here's where it gets interesting. I am going quote the first or first several words of every single time that God speaks to Moses. Are you ready?
"So now go" 3:10
"Go back" 3:19
"Go" and "Wait" and "Take" 7:15
"Tell", "Take", "Stretch out" 7:19
"Get up!" 8:20
"Get up" 9:13
"Stretch out your hand" 9:22
"Stretch out your hand" 10:12
"Stretch out your hand" 10:21
"Stretch out your hand" 11:1
"Up!", "Leave", "Go Worship!" 12:31
I think you get the point. Do I really need to keep going? There are a lot more chapters in Exodus, but I'll spare you the list.
Even w/the parting of the sea, God required Moses to hold up his arms-the entire time! #actionrequired
Do you see a pattern here? God requires action. He may have wonderful plans for you - all of which he could very well do on his own and with no help from you. But, that's not the kind of God he is. He requires verbs! He requires your action. If you can't step out and act on your own behalf, why would you expect him to?
So many times we sit around and wait for God to deliver us. All the while He's sitting around waiting for us to get up off our butts and put some action behind our demands.
You're called to a purpose. It might be to impact the life of your neighbor or it might be to change nations! But you'll never know until you act. Take a step of faith. One step. Show God that you're ready, willing and able to be used by Him. God loves a willing spirit, but I've gotta think that it thrills him to the bone when someone is actually willing to put action behind that willingness.
Let yourself be used by him! I can promise you that no matter how far outside the box the "mission" might be, you won't ever regret taking part!