Saturday, August 24, 2013

God and my Comfort Zone: How He calls me out.

God is so funny, sometimes. Really. Just when I tell Him I don't want to do something, He calls (nudges) me to do exactly that.

Really, God? Whyyy? I love you, duh, but I really really don't want to! I'll do anything, just not that!

Have you ever felt Him this way? I do, most days.

May I share a random story with you?  

As you already know (or not), I went to Haiti on a short-term mission trip two years ago. The group always had about half and hour to do whatever we wanted before dinner and night devotional time. One of those nights, I was sitting outside, on the steps, reading my Bible, when I saw one of the girls go outside the gate of the missionary house.

There was a lot of laughter and cheering outside, so I followed her a few minutes later. When I reached the gate, I saw that she was talking to a local lady. That lady spoke Haitian creole and broken English. We began talking to her about what we were doing in Haiti, etc. She told us she was the nurse anesthetist in the local hospital. Excitedly, I told her I was a student nurse. We made an immediate connection.

Then I felt it. The God-nudge.

Ask her. Just ask her.

Nooo...Whyyy? Please, don't make me. Ok, fine. 

(Waiting for the right moment)

"...Do you happen to be a Christian?" How awkward. Seriously.

What happened next, blew my mind. Luckly (for me), she said she was. Then, she shared how she became a Christian.

God-nudge.

Ahhh, no!

"...and, do you have a Bible?"

"No, the pastor reads his."

God-nudge.

"Oh, okay. Well... here, you can have mine. It is in English. This one is a little different, the top part of the pages tell you what it is written in the Bible, and the second part, below the line, tells you the history and other things on what you are reading."

Really, God? Did I just say that? I just bought that Bible at school, for school. 

Her face expression was beyond words can describe. She even told me to sign my name on her Bible. I could feel a rush of adrenaline (and embarrasment) run through my body as I quickly signed my name and told her we had to go inside for dinner. She thanked us for talking to her and she said she would always think of this.

It is so funny I took this picture minutes before it happened.
I am not telling you this story because I think I am holier-than-thou. Or because I want to be praised for what I did. I truly believe in "...do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving will be in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you." (Matthew 6: 3-4) I am telling you this because I want you to see and example of how God works and how "in real-life" He does it. How the Gospel can work in us if we just let it. Since that moment, I've been trying to be more sensitive to His calls. Some moments are so simple, so short in time, that I've often wondered...why?

I've only come up with one conclusion: For His Glory.

Pure and simple. For Him to be glorified. For us to be reminded that He is the only one who deserves praise. Not us. In every single moment where we are called [by God] to do something we don't want, every single awkward and embarrasing moment, He is being glorified.

When you share Bible verses on Facebook, with fear of criticism, He is glorified.
When you write a blog post about your faith.
When you pray out loud in front of an entire group of people.
When you lift your hands up during worship.
When you tell others you want Christ to be the center of your life/marriage.
When you tell that mother you will pray for your patient and for it not to be cancer.
When you share your faith in a not so "godly" place.
When you keep silent instead of bursting out with anger.
When you tell someone, "How can I pray for you?"
Golly, some of my closest friends don't even know I have this blog, why share it? I don't want them to know about what I really think/how I really am.

Think about it. He is being glorified.

Clearly, our Savior is not a God of comfort zones.

What is He calling you to do, today?

"In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven." (Matthew 5:16)

Love, 
Gabby 

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