God had clearly called her to put on a Women’s Ministry Retreat, but it was proving to be taxing. With less than a month until the event, the stress of it was piling on. “How many women will attend?” she wondered. “How is everything going to come together?” she worried.
Those were questions coming from a Godly woman whom I adore. Today, I want to share with you how God spoke to her because I know it will be an encouragement to you in your faith journey.
One day while working on the retreat she was having internet issues that would not resolve itself. Nearly pulling her hair out over the problem, she sent a prayer up to heaven, “God,” she said, “I know quite clearly that this is a first-world problem, but could you take care of this internet issue for me? I would really appreciate it.”
Ten minutes later she came back to retreat planning, and the problem was resolved.
This is what God spoke to her heart, “If I can care for the small prayers in your life, I will be true to the big things in your life. I called you to put this retreat together, and I will do it. You just need to do what I have called you to do.”
What God spoke to her heart, he speaks into ours as well.
What task has God called you to? Are you striving too much in your endeavours?
We put too much pressure on ourselves. We really do. We think we need to do this and that to get here and there. We strive to thrive in our plans when God calls us to surrender to His.
And when He does reveal parts of His will to us, we rush to do it our way, and when it doesn’t happen as quickly or go as planned, we throw our hands in the air, wanting to give up.
This is what we must believe to be true – do what you know to do and let God do the rest.
That means trusting God with the results. As simple as it sounds, it’s difficult.
In Exodus, we read that God called Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt and into the Promised Land. Moses would have to confront Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, and demand him to free the people. Each time Pharaoh didn’t listen, a plague would strike Egypt. Moses’ job was simply to obey, and God would do the rest. At first, Moses was reluctant, we read several times where he protested.
“What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? …” (Exodus 4:1, NLT).
“… How can I expect Pharaoh to listen? I’m such a clumsy speaker!” (Exodus, 6:12, NLT).
Moses let the task overwhelm him. He was thinking too much about the “how” but that was God’s job, not his.
All he had to do was his part – deliver the messages. And when he did, God would do His part – deliver the plagues. Thankfully, Moses obeyed and would lead the Israelites out of Egypt.
I can be like Moses too, you know. I can stress over an assignment, but I am finding so much rest in my life when I stop striving and trying to figure everything out and simply leave it to God.
Friend, I don’t know what task God has called you to, but I do know that He is faithful in the small, and He is faithful in the big. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by your assignment, you may be trying to take on a role that you were never meant to. Let the words of God spoken to this wonderful woman sink in one more time, “You just need to do what I have called you to do.” If God called you to it, He will lead you through it.
What God starts – He finishes.
When He calls – He equips.
The dreams He births in us – He accomplishes.
It’s Him, not us. The results are in His hands; we need not stress over it.
Sometimes I strive too much to accomplish what you’ve asked of me. Help me to strive less and surrender more. I know You have good plans in store for me, but I can often let the task overwhelm me. Help me to be obedient to my role so that You can do Yours. I don’t want to get in the way of what You’re doing in my life.
In Jesus’ name Amen.