Thursday, November 15, 2007

Rebecca's Journey - 94

15 November, 2007

Dear Friends,

Several days ago Paul and I made plans for me to host a group of friends here before a large event at the end of the month. As we talked, I felt a bit overwhelmed. I couldn't imagine myself doing it. :-) I know you are not surprised to hear this, but I know well enough to leave those "feelings" in the Father's hands.

About three days later, I awakened early in the morning in the Lord's presence. I thought about the luncheon and suddenly... it was okay. I felt confident that with Him I would be able to do it. Where had the change come from? Then I thought of one of my life verses from Philippians 2:13: "For it is God who works in you to will and to do for His good pleasure".

My life has been a miracle! For many years the Lord has called me to do things that I felt were more than I was able to, and each time He changed that perspective in my soul and I found myself with abilities and grace that I knew were not from me. First He works to make me willing. Sometimes I've had to say, "Lord, I'm willing to be made willing to be willing." But that's enough. Then He has worked to do it, to enable me to do the thing that will please Him. It's just a little verse, but God's word is true and works.

As I rejoiced in the changes in me, Father took me to Ephesians 2:10: "For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them". It's amazing to me because I have loved this verse for many years, but I had not seen that my present life is His workmanship, which God had prepared for a platform to do good works. "Workmanship" means "God's poem or work of art". Once again He turned the prism just a little and I saw myself in a new way. In my wheelchair with my limitations, I am His work of art!

So today let Him work in us to do what He would, enabling us to do what we need to, and as we do that, we are each His work of art -- His gift to those around us.

Pray for us as we go into this very busy season. How thankful I am for each one of you and your love and care.