I will never forget the day God called me to women’s ministry. I understood that God was calling me. However, I had no idea what that meant for a thirty-seven year old woman with three daughters, a husband, a job, and a very busy life. The only thing I knew to do was pray that God would reveal His will. The cry of my heart was, “Send me; I will go.”
Three months went by and I heard nothing else from God. I decided not to tell anyone except my husband, because I wanted to be absolutely sure that the only voice I was hearing was the voice of God and His purpose for my life. My husband suggested that I speak to my mother-in-law because she had been a spiritual encourager and mentor on my journey with Christ. She reminded me that God had given me a pastor, a spiritual leader, with whom I could share my heart.
I attended a church with a large congregation; therefore, I realized that I would have to wait quite a while to get an appointment. So, I made a deal with God, telling Him, “I will call my pastor, but I need to know that this is Your will. If you want me to talk to him, make it easy for me to get an appointment.” This was one of many Gideon moments in my life. I called Bro. David’s assistant and she said, “He has been booked for three weeks, but I just had a cancellation for tomorrow afternoon.”
Women’s ministry was the last thing on my mind!
My meeting went like this:
Bro. David: “Well, Pat, what is going on with you?”
Me: “Bro. David, I think that God is calling me to ministry.”
Bro. David: “Pat, I agree completely. I believe God is calling you to
ministry. In fact, we just had a meeting about your leading the
women’s ministry and someone was supposed to call you. Has
anyone called you?”
Me: “No. Bro. David.” (Long pause), “What is women’s ministry?”
I had no idea there was even such a thing as women’s ministry. Until that point, I had never even heard the term used. As I discovered the essence of leading a women’s ministry and reflected on my prayer, “Send me; I will go,” I realized that this new idea of ministry was not what I had envisioned God calling me to do. That evening I received the call that Bro. David told me to expect. Since I was in tears most of the time while I was on the phone, the lady from the women’s ministry, Gloria Tubbs, calmly said, “Pat, just pray about it and see what God says.” I thanked her and hung up.
When I received the phone call, I was working on a Beth Moore Bible study, “A Woman’s Heart: God’s Dwelling Place.” Still trying to grasp what God was doing, I returned to the study, page 167 to be exact. The instructions were to read and write out each of the following verses:
Psalm 40:2 – He also brought me up out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps.
The moment I read these words, I knew that God was describing my own life story, reminding me of where He had found me and what He had done for me.
Isaiah 55:9 – For as the heavens are higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts….
In this verse, God was reminding me that I could not possibly understand everything in the mind of our sovereign God; as a matter of fact, I didn’t even need to understand. All I needed to do was trust Him; that He knows exactly what He is doing and why He is doing it.
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.
God lovingly reminded me by this encouraging Scripture that He has a perfect plan and purpose that He is unfolding in my life. I can confidently face the future knowing that He has it in His hands.
Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good, to those that are called according to His purpose.
In the past three months, I had been consumed with how to fulfill this unexpected calling on my life. Romans 8:28 reminded me that whatever I faced, He would bring good out of it.
Philippians 3:14 – I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
A few months earlier, I had prayed and sought God for His word for me for the coming year. The word He gave me was “press on” or in the original Greek language of the New Testament, dioko. As used in Philippians 3:14, dioko speaks of an earnest and diligent pressing hard after something. Basically, dioko means to do whatever it takes to follow after the prize. This Scripture reminded me to staying focused on God’s calling in my life.
God’s Word Always Gives A Fresh Perspective!
After writing each of these verses and contemplating their meaning, I understood a very personal word to me from God. I now had the peace and confidence I needed to move forward in a ministry leadership role I had not even known existed prior to this time.
What about you? Perhaps you find yourself in a place in which you feel unprepared and unequipped. Maybe you are struggling to understand God’s will at this juncture in your life. Maybe you just need a reminder, as I did. Take the time to write and pray about these verses, then watch what God will do in your life and listen to what He will say about your situation.