Matthew 4:19-And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
Cody Haynes preached at our church a couple of weeks ago about this, and it has really stuck with me. He pointed out that in today’s world in order to have a career, most of the time we must attend college and learn about our trade in order to become qualified to attain that particular job. But, with God, it is the other way around. God calls us to do a certain job–preach, teach, sing, etc.–and then teaches us and guides us on how to do it for His glory. I totally agree!
There have been a few challenges in my life that God has called me to that I felt unprepared for. Marriage. Motherhood. Foster mom-hood. Author. Women’s Sunday School teacher. Homeschool teacher. Occasional singer for Him. Devotional blogger. Witness. Okay, more than a few! I got my Bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in Animal Science with a minor in Agricultural Business. None of the above God-callings have anything to do with that degree. Yet, I have felt led by Him to venture into each one. And, you know what, not one of them has He left me by the roadside fumbling for direction or tools. As scary as each has been when I first began, God has never failed to equip me with the proper knowledge to complete the task (most of these I am still in the middle of). God is our Father, but He is also our professor. Who better to learn from than the One who knows it all?
If God is calling you to do something new–maybe something terrifying that you feel unworthy or unprepared for–do not worry! He will provide the learning (and grades on a BIG curve in your favor). If He is calling you to it, He will qualify you for it. My advice is to take that first step and follow Him. He won’t lead you astray, and He won’t leave you hanging. And, if you do it, please share with me your new journey. I can’t wait to hear all about it!
(Photo by me at Cades Cove, TN-Fall 2015)