I dread big family gatherings. I have nothing against family gatherings; the food and activity is always enjoyable. What I dread is the clean up afterward. How I long for someone to volunteer to do the dishes and commit to completing the entire clean up job. Someone who will do what he says and perhaps even do more. What a delight that would be!
V O L U N T E E R & C O M M I T M E N T
are two words that many stumble over; The idea of each seems to propel people into a frozen stance upon the proverbial fence. Should I, or shouldn’t I,..…that is always the question… isn’t it?
When is the last time YOU volunteered to do something…
AND committed to it fully?
Have you ever stood before the LORD and said,
“I volunteer. I will do whatever you want. Use me, LORD.”
The moment came when I could not do anything BUT surrender to the LORD in my deepest pain and I said between sobs, “I am yours LORD, use me, even in my broken-ness, use me.” Then and there, in the stillness of the night, I volunteered and committed. God heard and He was true to His nature. He does what He says He’ll do and more. All throughout Scripture there are stories that exhibit the character of our God always doing what He promised and doing even more. I experienced the LORD just like this as He carried me through my trial with cancer and beyond.
Even before one of my days came to be, the LORD knew I would suffer with the disease called cancer. I prayed for healing and I volunteered to be used by Him despite my weak and sick state so that I might glorify Him. I called upon the LORD for healing — and He gave it.
Psalm 50 : 15 says: “…call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.”
And….in the healing, He used me to honor Him.
He was true to His Word. He strengthened my trust and faith in Him and thereby used me to encourage others in their daily walk with Him, despite my weakness. He delivered me from the grip of cancer and He used me to glorify Him. Done. Finis. Right?
God did not stop there.
The LORD continued because
HE DOES WHAT HE SAYS HE’LL DO AND MORE.
God put in me a desire to write. Effortlessly the words came; The Holy Spirit flowed through me. God opened every door for the publishing of my book, Towdah, A Cancer Survivor’s Song of Hope. ( http://www.amazon.com/Towdah-Cancer-Survivors-Song-Hope/dp/1938092155/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366855928&sr=1-1&keywords=towdah) He equipped me and prepared me. And when I went looking for rest, He opened the door for me to speak at a women’s conference. In my sharing, I was blessed and refreshed.
The LORD healed me;
He did what He said He’d do.
He made me an author and a speaker.
I just asked for healing and to be used by Him.
He did even more.
In as much as I am always hoping for a volunteer to commit to washing dishes after a large family gathering, God is always hoping for His children to get off the proverbial fence and commit to saying,
Here I am! Use me! I volunteer!
Will you consider hopping off the proverbial fence ?
The LORD will delight in the commitment
and He will use you in ways you cannot even imagine.
He does what He says He’ll do…and more!