Shaped by God
Monday, April 10
Carrie Weatherford, Director of Children and Family Ministries, Roswell Presbyterian Church
I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. - Isaiah 43:19 (NRSV)
I love new things... well sort of. There are some new things that I don't love because they require change, and change can be hard! Ten years ago, I was working as a middle school teacher. I was comfortable, content, and I loved my job. So, it came as a big surprise when I felt God calling me out of my comfort zone into something new: seminary and ministry. I tried to avoid this call and really struggled with God about the timing because it didn't match up with the timeline I had created for my life. I didn't even know if it was truly a possibility given my circumstances at the time.
Through much prayer, reflection, and conversation with trusted mentors, I realized that God was indeed calling me to this new thing and I needed to be obedient and allow my life to be guided and shaped by God. The word shaped in this sense means to determine the nature of or have great influence on. When we give up control and allow God to determine the nature of who we are and allow God to have the greatest influence on what we do, it is then that God can use us and do a new thing in us and through us. Sometimes new things can be hard and we may not even have a clue how they will work out in the end, but we can have faith that when we allow God to be in control of shaping us, God "will make a way in the wilderness" and God will be with us every step of the way.
Holy God, Today, help me to put you first and allow you to be the great shaper of my life. Guide my steps in the direction that you will for me, and help me to have an open heart and an open mind to the new things you are doing in and through me. Amen.
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