So the Lord is taking me back to the book of Nehemiah, which can only mean one thing: big changes are ahead, there is a role I am to play in His plan, and there is no understudy for my part. He has worked everything together in my life for “such a time as this” (remember the story of Esther?) as I now know that there is something — a really big something that He is calling me to do.
So what do you do when God gives you a burden about something or someone? Well, after wrestling with this for awhile, the only answer that I could come up with was that He gives us burdens for a reason (His glory and my good), and wants me to marshall the people, resources, and knowledge needed in order to complete the task set before me.
The issue is that like Nehemiah, I have never before build a wall, let alone had to project manage a massive municipal demolition and renovation effort. So the only way that this is going to succeed is by totally relying on the Lord to accomplish this “great work” — and even then, it won’t be easy.
And here I was sitting comfortably in my apartment, hoping that I might get a pass for a fairly quiet, uneventful life. Then I thought to myself, “what biblical precedent do I have for this view?” None, I quickly realized. After all, God regularly and routinely interrupts our lives to inform us of His plans, rather than listening to us inform Him of our plans. There’s a big difference between the two.
And of course, like Nehemiah’s situation, there are lots of different things happening all at the same time — plenty of problems to solve, but not very many off-the-shelf solutions available. And if you remember the story of Gideon in the Old Testament, God decided that he was the answer to the prayers that the Israelites had been offering, and no one was more surprised by this development than Gideon himself!
I won’t detail everything here, but among other things, I have launched a second blog under a different username, focusing on something quite different (I’m sure that one of you will eventually find it). 🙂 The topic and format were entirely His idea, and I am enjoying the challenge of managing two blogs each day.
Then there was the vision about launching a nonprofit (I kept trying to look for an organization that was already doing what I cared about, when it occurred to me that the Lord wanted me to be the one to start my own organization). I have no idea how to do any of this, and I’m feeling my way through it like Nehemiah — one day at a time.
There are other things, but my takeaway is that the Lord simply wants me to do whatever He says — no matter how bewildering it may seem. So my prayer is that the He will continue to equip me for this “great work” for which I have been called, and that when the naysayers come to discourage me and to feel my heart with doubt (it has already begun!), I will remain steadfast in my resolve.
I’m not sure what the “great work” looks like in your life, bit if you feel the Holy Spirit placing a burden in your heart for something or someone, don’t delay! Ask the Lord about it and wait until you are clear what your next step should be. Then then do it!
Pray with me:
Dear Jesus, I’m humbled that there is a “great work” that You are calling me to do for You. I admit that I have no idea what I’m doing, but I’ll continue to follow Your leading, even when things don’t make sense. Thank You for the peace that You have placed in my heart, and help me to rely upon You completely for all things — fully trusting that You will provide the guidance and resources needed each day. And as the people of Israel said to Nehemiah, “let us arise and build,” and then they “put their hands to the good work.” That is my declaration, too! In Your name I pray, amen.