While in God's Grip!
Jesus looked at him and loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”
~ Mark 10:21
It's really amazing how people respond to the words, "follow me" these days. When Jesus walked along the beach during his life he extended an invitation for people to simply "follow" him. Scripture even notes that some dropped everything they had to go and serve.
One of my dearest friends, Suzanne Barrow, had served as a cook at Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary for years. When talking about her calling she often shares, "For years I fed people. Then one day it occurred to me that I was really being called to feed others."
We graduated from seminary together and she is now an Episcopal priest.
Each day God calls. Sometimes we hear. Sometimes it gets lost in the many sounds we are bombarded by from many sources. Then, sometimes we ache because something isn't right in our life and we feel pulled to discover what it is that we are to do.
Sometimes I think the only advice to give is this. Like two cornerstones of the Hebrew scriptures, Samuel and Eli, the only words we should say at the beginning of each day are these, "Speak Lord, for I am listening..." so that God might have a chance to be heard.
Stay in God's grip, and listen!
G. Todd Williams (c) 2017
Dear Lord, while there are so many sounds around each of us each day, may I hear the sound of Your voice and follow You! Amen.
Rev. G. Todd Williams lives in the Houston metro area and is a Hospice Chaplain and ordained Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) pastor.