I missed the art. Penning words down has been a struggle. Not that there were no words but I had lost the strength and courage to. My dear Pastor had been sick for a long time. Sometimes when God doesn’t answer our prayers, we wonder if we have not prayed enough or prayed the right words.
What can I say? God’s Will exceeds our desires. In the midst of the storm, God is still faithful.
When the phone call came through that He had passed on, I found it hard to come to terms with the reality. He had gone to a better place.
Always would my Pastor speak about making yourself ready for when heaven calls. Never a day on the altar would pass by without him pointing to our Savior. He breathed his last after a longtime serving God as a Missionary and an Evangelist. He taught me what true service is.
Serving God with everything.
Serving God with deep-seated love.
Always would the Pastor say, I look forward to the Lord saying to me, “Welcome, thou good and faithful servant”. That is serving God with purpose.
While we still struggle to hold our hands in faith at church, his seat not in church but in our hearts remain vacant. An empty space only God’s love can fill.
God calls us to a giving life. He calls us to give not just our gifts, our time or our money, He calls us to give our all.
Then Peter began to say unto him, Lo, we have left all, and have followed thee. And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life. Mark 10:28-30
Serving God requires you give all to him. I see where Peter came from when he said what of us who have lost everything?
Yes, we lose even ourselves. When we give God all we give our whole selves. It stops being about you but about God. It becomes about the lost. It becomes about doing the will of the Father. Jesus showed us how the live and give the life we are given.
My love for God has grown deeper. I have learnt to trust Him even when the chips are down.
Knowing God knows what pain we go through losing a fellow believer or when our prayers went unanswered or when life throws curve balls is hope we are not alone. In the midst of the pain, I am grateful God brought such a wonderful believer my way. I am also grateful for what lessons I had to learn through a man who loved God in sincerity.
As I reflect on recent events, I look on with gratitude asking myself harder questions.
What if today were my last would I have honored the call faithfully?
Would I leave a marked legacy in the household of faith?
Would I have finished the race as Paul had written?
As the years rolls by, certainly you and I are drawing closer home. We should be ready to give full accounts of what we have done here and share testimonies of how we overcome.
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Prayer: Dear Lord, help us to walk the narrow way with you. Help us Lord to stand firm in the Word and let your grace be ever so sufficient as we press forward doing that which you have called us to do. Let our lights not be dulled by the pain and pleasures of the world instead let all men see Jesus in our lives and be drawn to you in Jesus name.
Not funny these few months Ruth. But God is always faithful regardless of the circumstances we face.
Lots of Love to you Sis.
Love you, sister. So sorry you’re going through this sadness. I pray that the Lord will cradle you in His arm close to His heart and bring you comfort and peace.
Your faith is so inspiring Ifeoma. Prayers for you as you deal with the loss of your spiritual leader. Thank you for sharing how we are to approach life – the highs and the lows.
Dear sister, sometimes its a curve ball sometimes we have no words to say…
Thank you for always leaving encouraging words here.
Blessing to you
Oh I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your Dear Pastor and Friend. God has put you on my heart so many times the last few weeks, to pray for you. What a blessing to have seen such a life given over so wholly to God. And, yes, my own heart feels the conviction–am I placing everything in God’s hands? May I lift up the Name of Jesus through my days. Thank you, Ifeoma, for being such a reflection of trust, even when it’s so hard to understand. May you feel God’s comfort today. Much Love and Hugs!
Thank you so much, sister 😊the last few months has been tough especially on a small church….😕
Blessings to you sis