I held this writing in drafts for 2 weeks, and I appreciate the chance to revisit it. After one of my writings helped their situation, a friend said “keep doing your job” – meaning acting on this feeling of writing for the Lord’s purposes…
Classically I had written that same thought in this note I started writing below, about my friend a servant of the Lord, grateful for him for just “doing his job” for the Lord… We don’t work for men, we work for the Lord. The Doors lyric: “keep your eyes on the road – your hands upon the wheel”
Isn’t that the truth!!! Keep going my friends, doing the best you can to serve the Lord – it DOES make a difference – it made me SAVED!
1000 and Forever More, 12Dec-DEBBIEtime2020
I am often writing from “having to write” – but this time I simply want to write this note – I am quite taken by the fact that I have approached then gone over 1000 devotions/blogs/processing writings especially since I begged the Lord to stop making me write at about 100 or so writings… I asked for my brain back. Well, He said: NO!
It’s not an accomplishment for the writing but I will take credit for paying attention to feeling an urgency of the curation of the writings, what I describe as me having no choice. I have to “contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me”… YES!
But today I want to write this as a thank you note – specifically for the Lord for picking up a task for me that I would have NEVER picked for myself – for showing me the better way when I myself was “in the way” – and for giving me an abundant feeling of blessings. I am thankful that this is not a chore, like mowing the lawn, but a direction to keep walking. Whatever I am doing or supposed to be doing, this feels like being the puzzle piece in You Lord moving around the box. I pray, Lord, that you move me to the parts of the picture where I connect. I often ask “Lord, where do I fit?” He says “Don’t worry where you fit – just be happy that you do.” And I am Lord, I am happy to know You in me and me in You. I am handmaiden of the Lord (Luke 1:38) and “feel to be a cog in something turning” (like Joni Mitchell sings).
And I want to add to this thank you note a great THANK YOU LORD FOR MY FRIEND “A” – in musical notes, sermons of note, and notes written and exchanged. I know he doesn’t want thanks – never did – because He knows, like I know, that anything we do for the Spirit is FROM the Spirit… so I will say THANK YOU to the Holy Spirit for Your servant! Thank You for placing me in timing and space – or thank you for not moving your servant onto some other place before the Lord caught me up to catch up with him.
I would not be anywhere without the Lord – none of us would be, but with servants placed in that particular place and time, paced and placed by the Holy Spirit, in my earshot, I had the most important pieces falling into my puzzling, I had people to talk to whom didn’t know I was talking to them!. My conversations were not many at the beginning, and servants were not interveners but guides being placed in advance to when I caught up to listening with opening ears, someone to talk to whom I just felt would not ridicule me, someone who “got it”, and who wasn’t just randomly placed. I knew I had someone to trust in for whom I could hide my thoughts, not dismiss me or even try to change or affect me – but he could tell something was turning in my head… I won’t recap the whole story (which of course I have written out) but just state that this servant was just doing his job of teaching and reaching – He was placed – and participated in the work from his calling. Just doing his job.
He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me. (Paul to Philippians)
The best advice this servant gave me about serving the Lord, when I was preparing my first sermon, was “You just do the best you can to present the scriptures.” That’s true – God wants to use each of us – just do the best you can to help Him shine thru. He already did everything – nothing can be added or taken away – so just present the truth. People will listen to and seek the Holy Spirit.
I will always need someone to talk to – just do – that is my known brokenness in me – a gift of brokenness so why not pour LIGHT out – and because I like to talk, at least Lord, I can always talk to You. Please Lord forever take all my brokenness in order to shine You…
I don’t know how this life or writing journey will bend or end, Lord, but I know it will continue, until You Lord change my direction of what I do. I don’t know this next stage of my journey Lord, none of us do, but I do know this: that You will push us thru – pull us thru it – lift us thru it – especially to understand more of You. Our job? My job? Share You!
Whether 10,000 years or 1000 writings and forever more, I’ll have no less days to sing God’s praise, than when I first begun. I will write in my brokenness because He is making us all whole.
Thanks all Your servants.
Thanks all for listening.