“If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God.
If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides.”
~1 Peter 4:11

The sun had a few more moments to hang in the sky, so I threw on my coat and scarf and tumbled out the door for a quick walk. It had been a long day of listening to people’s suffering. My heart and head needed clearing. Clouds on the horizon meant more rain was headed our way. A gentle breeze blew past me, pushing my scarf off of my head. I reached to pull it back up when I heard God’s gentle whisper.

“Noah was faithful,” He said.

“Come again?”

“Noah trusted me to build the ark, even when there were no signs of rain,” He explained.

“What’s that got to do with me?” I pulled my scarf tighter around my head.

“I want you to serve me with the same faithfulness. I want you to do the work I want you to do, even if you can’t see the reason why or see the fruits of your labor,” He explained.

“You drive a hard bargain,” I said.

“I’ll give you the strength,” God said warmly. I walked in silence the rest of the way, pondering God’s words.

I thought about how we are all asked to do God’s work in some way. The art of ark building—heading God’s call—is simply having faith. It means that we don’t rely on our own understanding, but instead, we rely on God. I finished my walk just as the sun turned out her light for the night. I sat in the dark of my garden for a few minutes. “I’ll need your help. I can’t do it on my own,” I whispered.

God put His loving hand on my shoulder. That was the only answer I needed.

 

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