It’s my joy to introduce my friend, writer and speaker Nan Jones, as our guest blogger. I know her words will encourage you today, just as they did me.
Be sure to read Nan’s complete bio below and then check out her Morning Glory blog, a place of community for Christians to find encouragement in Godâ€™s Word and comfort in His presence.
Aligning Our Dreams with God’s Calling
by Nan Jones
“It’s impossible to throw cold water on a dream birthed from the fire of God’s revelation.”
Tears cascaded in an endless flow of frustration, disillusionment…failure. Failure to thrive, they say, as a newborn clings desperately to life. Failure to thrive, I say, as a wannabe author and speaker frantically trying to hold fast to God’s call.
God’s call. It’s rather illusive, isn’t it?
Do you suppose we clothe God’s call in an air of sophistication, making it something grandiose to satisfy our need to be needed, to be used by the One who is our everything? Do you suppose, in our attempt to understand a totally awesome God, we place His “calling” into our proverbial box of understanding while He shakes His head back and forth at our foolishness? After all, God is grand, so our calling must be grand too. Right?
I feel as though I am rambling, yet I sense that I am not the only one who struggles with this. It is my desire to love and serve my Lord with all of my heart, my soul, my mind and my strength. It is my desire to honor Him with the written words of my heart and the spoken words of my mouth. It is my desire to share the message of God’s Presence in our darkest hours with those who are hurting and struggling with their faith.
That is my desire.
That is also God’s desire for me.
For several weeks I have questioned God’s calling on my life–His request for me to encourage others with the lessons He has taught me. I watched as life’s difficulties carried my dreams far, far way, only to turn and fight their way back like the ebb and flow of a salty tide. The force of emotions has been driving me crazy.
And then God’s Word spoke to me.
Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. ~ 1 Thessalonians 5:23,24, NKJV (emphasis my own)
I realize this scripture is referring to our salvation, but in the quietness of that moment, God opened the eyes of my heart to understand a profound truth. It is God Himself who sanctifies me–sets me apart–to fulfill His purposes in my life. Not a publisher, not a scholarship committee, not an agent. God calls me to Himself and to Him alone. He doesn’t call me to “a calling.” Not really. He simply calls me to Himself.
That’s amazing, isn’t it? Why do I fight it so much? His “calling” is to Him alone and, while in His sweet Presence, He orchestrates the purposes of my life. Regardless of life’s events that distract me and take me off course, God is calling me to Himself. Perhaps those life events aren’t really getting me off course. Perhaps they are leading me right where the Father wants me–sitting at His feet, drinking in His love, learning His wisdom and instruction.
And from that place of grace I am satisfied.
From that place of grace I can extend my hand to one reader at a time, one weary soul at a time and draw them to this same place of restoration I have found.
Could there be any higher calling? I think not.
Authorâ€™s Bio: Using the written word and the spoken words of her heart, Nan Jones assists fellow believers in discovering the essence of who God is in their darkest hour. Her devotional blog, Morning Glory, has become a place of community for Christians to find encouragement in Godâ€™s Word and comfort in His presence. Nan is also available to speak at conferences, Bible studies, ladiesâ€™ retreats, mother/daughter teas–any event where two or more are gathered in His Name. No event is considered too small or too large. To read Nanâ€™s devotions, please visit Morning Glory. For information on speaking engagements, please visit Nanâ€™s website at www.jubilantlight.com.
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