Sunday, September 25, 2011

A Plan?

In yesterday's Life with Lynnie (LwL) entry, I mentioned that more and more people on Facebook (FB) are coming to me to chat.  Some chat just to say hello, but some are in need of a listening ear.  Someone to pray with them and for them.

Is this something new to me?  Absolutely, not!

All through my life, even though I was burdened with trials, it seemed other people came to me, looking for encouragement.  No, having FB friends in need like this is not new to me.

Years ago, I never thought of it being a ministry.  Encouraging others, I mean.  Of course, many years ago, I didn't always walk with the Lord, so He wasn't first and foremost in my life.

But, since rededicating my life to Jesus, many years ago, God has revealed this is partly His plan for my life.

This is one reason why when I was approached to become a speaker for Celebrating Christ conferences, proposed to be held in various cities throughout USA and Canada, I agreed to do so.  Besides feeling like I needed something more positive in my life than grief, I truly thought God was using me in a way I had never dreamed He would do.

For the first time in a long time, I felt like God was finally turning my life around. 

Having something good and positive happen in my life, was a welcome relief from the humdrum existence of widowhood.  Feeling like my life had purpose, seemed to be an answer to prayer.

At first, a thought ran through my mind; I wondered if this was too good to be true. 

After all, how could God use someone like me in His work?  I, being just an ordinary person.  Then, I realized that God uses many people like me, just ordinary people, to do extraordinary things.

Look at the Apostle Paul.  He was a person of lower character than even an ordinary person.  He was a tax collector, hated by most people. 

Paul was not only hated by many, for the work he did, but even more so, because he killed many a Christian, before becoming converted, when Christ stopped him in his tracks, calling him out of the world, to do His work.

My heart's desire for many a day, has been to do God's work.  In the past, I had thought of becoming a missionary, but realizing the health concerns of my life restricted me, it never came to fruition.

But, after some thought, prayer and knowing that we are indeed missionaries right here at home, reaching out to others, I thought God was indeed calling me to ministry of a different sort.  Ministry through becoming an inspirational speaker.

A plan it seemed to be, for my life.  A plan, different from what I had ever thought of, but a plan, nevertheless.


Until next time...

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