Her Promise to God Becomes His Promise to Me
None of the good promises the Lord had made to the house of Israel failed. Everything was fulfilled.
Joshua 21:45 (HCSB)
I am attending the Proverbs 31 She Speaks Conference. Lysa TerKeurst is giving the opening key message. I do not know this precious soul personally but I know her heart; she lays it flat so others can see.
She opens her story with how Proverbs 31 began with a few friends who wanted to encourage women for God. I can see them sitting on that living room floor, stuffing envelopes, and praying for wisdom and guidance. She promises God if He shows her the way, she will teach others the same.
My eyes well with tears and they are fixed on this woman through whom God is teaching me.
I am where she was, nineteen years ago, at the beginning of her ministry. Jesus has called me to do something I do not know how to do. I don’t have the skills to navigate my way but He makes a promise to teach me and complete the work He has started.
My mind imagines myself walking up a steep mountain road. It has been hand carved by those that have gone before me. The air is thick with fog and the suspended droplets that surround me are the presence of God. He moves just far enough ahead so I can see where to plant my foot. My heart does not know what is around the corner but it knows what is at the end. It is the face of God.
Lysa’s promise to God becomes God’s promise to me. Through her, He affirms my course, encourages my faith, and equips me to take the next step.
My life wants to look like hers. Not because she is on stage or talking to hundreds of women but because she is giving away what God has given to her. She is forging the path to make it easier for me.
I have never envisioned the callings of my life: five children, cancer, and women’s ministry. My heart aches to be a woman who gives away what I have not earned and do not deserve; the goodness of God. It is only at the end I will know the countless women who have cleared my way to make it easier. I am praying I will be one of those for someone else.
What promise have you made to God that can become His promise to someone else? What wisdom has Jesus freely given you that can be used to make another woman’s path easier?
Lord I pray for the women that need Your wisdom and instruction for what You have called them to. Surround us with those who have already traveled the road and help us to give away the knowledge you have freely given us. Thank You for Your faithfulness to complete the work You have started and although we do not always know what is around the bend, we know You are always with us showing us where to plant the next step.
I pray you Live Like You Know… where you are going.