Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting! — Psalm 139:23-24
Under his breath he grumbles, "I don't want to do it a different way!" As his teacher I'm at a loss for a response. I know it's new and requires him to do a little more than he's used to, but in the long run it's better for him. Just trust me and try, okay? This will be good.
In the midst of reshaping a student behavior for the better, He gently whispers my name. I don't know why He's tugged on my shirt smack dab in the middle of my lesson. Then it dawns on me. He's had the same conversation with me in our relationship. Realistically, I'm no less pouty as my exasperated student as He tries to lead me in a way I'm unfamiliar with. Just because something is different and new doesn't mean He's not initiating it. You and I are called to things—good, holy things—but those things don't stay the same day in and day out. Our callings are shaped by His shaping of us. When we press against the uncomfortable and unfamiliar, His mercy reaches in, a reminder He's in our growth. We grow more like Him as we grow in Him.
Father, Thank You for always being interested in my growth, for Your glory. Shape me more and more into Your reflection for this world to see. I love You so much. Amen.
How does the calling He’s placed in you show Him to the world?
Who can you encourage in your life today about the calling God has on their lives?
Alli is a native Texan but calls Louisiana home. During the week she teaches English and video chats with her nephew. On the weekends you'll find her lacing up her tennis shoes for a run, her nose in a book learning more about her Redeemer and Friend, and writing Sunday lessons for the younger hearts at Living Hope Fellowship. Her heart is for encouraging others to taste and see that God is breathtakingly good to and through them.