Who me? What on earth will people think?
As much as I hate to admit it, it is real easy to get caught up in worrying more about what people think, than doing what we know we should be doing. For example, we can feel funny about praying in public; or get all flustered when the Holy Spirit is nudging us to witness to someone. Or wonder what might others think if we befriend that one who is not quite friend-able? And even worse, what if we mess up while trying to learn to minister, teach a class, or sing a song in front of the congregation? Don’t worry, you will mess up! It isn’t a matter of “if”, it’s a matter of when. I could literally write a book on nothing but my ministerial bloopers. I have done things like forget the whole second verse of a song while singing in front of over a thousand people-I didn’t know I could rewrite so fast. I have had several clothing malfunctions – one of my favorites being the time when I was leading the choir and my dress that snapped from top to bottom burst completely open (I guess it couldn’t handle my high note). Suffice it to say, it gave me a new meaning to “snap-to”- worse yet, try getting your act back together in front of twenty or so giggling TC students! And then there was the time I thought this gigantic pulpit was nailed down, well, it wasn’t. Thankfully two wonderful brothers in the front pew caught the pulpit and me-I was definitely grateful that morning that I had put on a long skirt. I could keep going and going… It is my hope that you can indulge me one more, but this one is not on me….
I had taken the TC students to hear an evangelist. He was a very fervent, fire and brimstone type preacher. His topic that night was on prayer. He was trying to get the point across that we need to let God know we are serious about the things we are praying for. He said, “We need to get a hold of the horns of the altar and loudly make our requests known to God.” He encouraged people to be courageous in their prayers; specific in their prayers; and to pray with intensity! He then had an altar call. One of my students went forward with an urgent request. She got on her knees; began to beat the altar; and then yelled out at the top of her lungs over and over again, “God, I’ve got to have a man! God, bring me a man!” The evangelist, with a surprised look on his face said, “My…. she’s serious!!” She was serious – dead serious. She wanted a husband! She wanted a husband and did not care who heard her ask for one! She did not care what people thought, or if her words were perfectly articulated. She was bringing a request to her Heavenly Father,and had faith that He would grant her her request. Some people shook their heads; some giggled; but she paid them no mind. She continued to cry out to God until the closing song was sung. Post Script: Not long after she graduated program, God gave her a precious Christian husband. He was terminally ill. She lovingly took care of him until the Lord took him home; and then gave her a godly man that blessed her life amazingly. God answered her prayer double!
So what’s your point, PJ? My point is, are you, am I willing to look foolish – maybe a little less than “polished” to do the will of God? Are we willing to believe Him for the impossible-what, by the world’s standards may seem straight up crazy? Are we willing to set our pride aside; our unbelief aside; and get out there and do what God has called us to do? If we are, we are in good company. Think how foolish Noah looked – He had to be thinking, “Yeah God, a boat in the desert… get right on that one!” And what about Moses at the Red Sea… You talk about being between a rock and a hard place: in the natural it looked like he would be food for the fishes or be road kill via Pharaoh’s chariots! And then there’s little David… going after a giant with a sling and a few stones, “insane”! Nonetheless, they trusted God! Noah, faced with a task that had never been done before, yet, with the Lord’s help, completed it one board, two animals by two at a time! Moses looked to God, and sure didn’t go out and buy scuba gear. He and the children of Israel walked across on dry ground while Pharaoh’s men took a bath . David, in the name of the Lord, swung into action and really rocked the place! A particularly loud mouth giant lost his head in the process!
I used Noah, Moses and David on purpose. Just like with Noah, God will ask us to do things we have never done before. We may feel foolish to think we can accomplish them; and be afraid to “look foolish” if we try. But, just as with Noah, God will show us one faithful step at a time how to do what He has called us to do! Also, when the floods of this life surround us – we WILL be ready. When God called Moses, Moses did not feel he was up for the task, but he obeyed. And when Moses’ back was against the wall – God came through. God will do the same for us. David, in the name and power of the Lord, slew a giant. In the name and power of the Lord, we too can slay any and all giants in our lives. I don’t care if it is a giant called disease; addiction; failure or you name it… WE ARE MORE THAN CONQUERORS. I’ll end this blog with one question: Am I willing: am I willing to do whatever it takes to faithfully walk out my walk with the Lord – no matter what society says; no matter what fearful lies the enemy tries to feed me and no matter how crazily foolish it may seem to others?