I’d joined a ministry that required their staff to raise their funds. I’d told God I was willing to talk to every person in my church—individually—but not all at once. I dreaded public speaking, especially here.
With the date to leave for my Boston assignment only two weeks away, I’d raised only half the financial support I needed and was out of options. Desperate, I uttered a silent prayer: Lord, show me what to do. I’ll do anything You say.
I returned home that afternoon to a note, “Call Reverend…” My stomach flipped as I remembered my morning prayer. When I called, sure enough, my minister wanted me to speak in the Sunday morning service.
I attended a formal church that talked little about a personal relationship with Christ. News I’d be sharing my story zipped through the grapevine. My sister, who hadn’t yet committed her life to the Lord, let me know how weird my peers thought I was. Ironically, her words infused courage.
Because our historical church building was under renovation, our church met in a neighboring ornate Jewish synagogue. I’m not sure what I said, but I didn’t faint—and God rewarded me.
The next week, people called me wanting to help. Even people who had previously turned me away called back to join my team. In just eight days I received all I needed to leave for my assignment.God picked me to serve Him from my weakness. Click To Tweet
When my minister invited me into his pulpit, he blessed me more than either of us could have imagined. Today when I sense the Lord leading me into a dreaded situation, after I make sure it is His will, I remember His faithfulness in the past. God’s grace rises up to help us triumph when we face our fears.
“The wicked flee though no one pursues, but the righteous are as bold as a lion.” (Pro. 28:1, NIV)
Pushing through my fears does not always bring the measurable or immediate reward speaking in my church did. But I’m never sorry when I follow God’s leading.
Question: When has God picked you to serve from weakness?
You can leave a comment by clicking here.
Deborah W. Wilson
Lion photo by: Eva Smith
Synagogue photo by: Lawrie Cate