There is a somewhat undefined thing happening in my heart. I’ll call it IT.
IT began a long time ago. Maybe in the pains of unfortunate events that we all endure in life. It could be summed up as a desire to help others who are suffering. Upon committing my life to Him, the IT became more clear. I knew almost immediately that I wanted to go to school for a better understanding in how to help others who are suffering. It continued after I got married as I have been unable to shake the thought of orphans needing adoption. IT has been largely neglected as I’ve raised my two children from birth to now almost 4 and 7.
I feel IT is rearing it’s head again. It begins it’s journey…coming from a woman at church with an idea for ministry.
The idea gets me thinking about ministries I’ve always been drawn to. Things I did in the past and the things I long to do now but feel I don’t have time for. Things that, to be honest, I feel I hardly have time to devote much thinking to anymore. Injustice towards the oppressed and weak, suffering and abused children and lost little orphans.
Those thoughts get me looking on the Internet for ministries that I’d like to support.
Within 48 hours a friend comes over to chat. We talk about our current circumstances and our future. She is passionate about children in need and feels moved to take action. They happen to be in the areas I’ve been thinking about.
I write her a note the next morning…this morning…about how her passions and how they remind me of mine…that I’ve been distracted a bit. I’m not sure what to do with that.
I open my daily devotional given to the families in our church at the beginning of the year…in order to help us turn toward God’s Word. We’re going through it…coming face to face with the living God. Each day pouring over scriptures that feed us in regard to His attributes, His works, my relationship with Him, the character I want to cultivate and my relationship with others. Face to Face, by Kenneth Boa.
The scripture for today…Day 16:
6 “Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:
to loose the chains of injustice
and untie the cords of the yoke,
to set the oppressed free
and break every yoke?
7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry
and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter—
when you see the naked, to clothe him,
and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood?
8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn,
and your healing will quickly appear;
then your righteousness will go before you,
and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard.
9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer;
you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I.
“If you do away with the yoke of oppression,
with the pointing finger and malicious talk,
10 and if you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.
12 Your people will rebuild the ancient ruins
and will raise up the age-old foundations;
you will be called Repairer of Broken Walls,
Restorer of Streets with Dwellings.
35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
So I’m wondering what IT is that God has been doing in my heart all of these years…is doing in my heart right now. IT has moved me to serve in various ways over the years. IT is moving in me again. This is how He ususally moves in me…by a series of events like this. Moments that add up happening close together so that I can hardly doubt that He is whispering something in my heart.
Maybe IT is just that…His whisper…His Spirit…
reminding me that there are things He is passionate about and that He has given me these passions to as one of His children. Maybe He wants me to DO something about those passions and thoughts.
Are you hearing God’s whisper in your life about something? Is He calling you to growth or action in a certain area? What is your IT? Will you commit to praying over your IT? I will be praying about mine over the next week…join me?
Painting by Ishrath Humairah
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