“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
How is God working through your life to accomplish the purpose for which he created you? I can’t tell you how many times people have remarked that they don’t what their purpose is in life, why are they still here and not in Heaven. Why do you suppose that He called you to help feed children in Haiti who will one day bring the message of Hope to just one or two of the people riding in a truck on a bumpy street in Cap Haitian? Why do you suppose that your quarter was used to provide a meal for one life who in turn when skipping down that street, heading home while singing ‘Jesus loves me’ planted a seed in the life of the woman riding in that red truck? It is a God moment in time; you are called, the child attending the Lutheran school in Cap Haitian was called and the Holy Spirit is entering into that person riding in the back of the truck.
On the drive home yesterday the song ‘Softly and tenderly’ was being sung by Merle Haggard on the radio, he is in my range and we did a ragged duet. This song was written by Will Thompson in 1880 and it is such a wonderful reminder that daily we are being called by Jesus to come home. We are being called home as are the children attending school and the lost lives that they are touching.
“Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling, calling for you and for me; see, on the portals he's waiting and watching; watching for you and for me. Come home, come home; ye who are weary come home; earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, O sinner, come home! Why should we tary when Jesus is pleading, pleading for you and for me? Why should we linger and heed not his mercies, mercies for you and for me? Come home, come home; ye who are weary come home; earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, O sinner, come home! Time is now fleeting, the moments are passing, passing from you and from me; shadows are gathering, deathbeds are coming, coming for you and for me. Come home, come home; ye who are weary come home; earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, O sinner, come home! O for the wonderful love he has promised, promised for you and for me! Though we have sinned, he has mercy and pardon, pardon for you and for me. Come home, come home; ye who are weary come home; earnestly, tenderly, Jesus is calling, calling, O sinner, come home!”
Dear Heavenly Father, you have called your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden, through perils unknown. Give us faith to go out with good courage, not knowing where we go but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. Amen.
May God be with you…Jay