So, where was I? Ah, yes! I had finally said “yes” to my calling. I remember feeling relieved, excited, and a little nervous. I mean, I am a shy introvert. Why in the world of 6 billion people would God choose a shy introvert, who doesn’t like to people very much, to preach? Preaching involves some element of peopling…it also involves speaking…which I don’t much enjoy either. Like I said, I had agreed to do my part in being willing, but God is going to have to do His much bigger part into transforming me into someone who can speak and people. If the Bible character I most identify with is Moses, then I needed an Aaron.
As it turns out, God wasn’t going to waste any time getting to work on me. I woke up the following Monday morning just pumped…which, don’t hate me, but that’s not that unusual for me on a Monday. I love Mondays, as it’s another chance to get my week done right. Maybe it’s a fitness thing? But God had something else that He needed me to address that day.
January 8, 2018, I wrote:
I woke up with a fierceness today, at least to be fit again. My business, however, has me confused. I need to pray about it. I can’t remember if I prayed if God would show me what I should do. Instead, I just went head first going my own way.
Well, he answered me immediately. That morning my reading was in Luke 2:8-20, about the angels appearing to the Shepherds to tell them that the Messiah had been born in a nearby town. They immediately went to go see him. They left what they were doing, and went to see Jesus. As I was reflecting on this, I remembered Matthew 6:33, a verse that I would often hold onto to remind myself that God would provide.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”
God was about to make me “put my money where my mouth is.” I knew then, that God was calling me away from what I was doing, or trying to do, to where he was calling me. I didn’t have to wait long for confirmation. I had just started a new fitness challenge for my members that day. It was Monday, I already had the week planned out. I was pretty excited. By 7 AM, 2 people, who had been really pumped to get started, let me know that they felt led by God that they needed to focus on other things. If I hadn’t just read and reflected on what I did that morning, I might have been discouraged, and maybe even a little annoyed, but I knew that God was up to something.
I was right! That morning, one of those people, asked if we could meet, and a few hours later, I knew that God provided me with an “Aaron.” I make it sound simple, but the way that God revealed it was in such a way that I just knew that He had orchestrated it. I mean, she came over, we chatted over coffee about the things that God was working on in our lives. I mentioned that I didn’t really know where to start, and that maybe I should start a Bible study. She casually mentioned that if I decided to host a study that she would come. Becky and I just met in person a few months ago, though I had been her coach for a couple of years, but our relationship has always been one in which she was always the first one to support me. It was always so refreshing to me, because it gave me the “okay, I can do this!” by just having her support and encouragement. I remember thinking after she left that morning. Maybe she’s my Aaron. And then I got this message from her:
I’m not sure why I didn’t say this when we were having coffee this morning, we’ll blame it on introversion. But since meeting you I’ve felt called to support you. That’s why I did the B.B. coaching when you were having Titus…then it was your business. I’m wondering now if B.B. and the new business was the support though…or if that was just the way things began and how our paths were meant to cross.
Y’all (and I’m not even southern), but Y’all!! My mouth fell so far open! I didn’t even mention to her that I had been praying for someone to partner with me. Once I collected myself, I messaged her back and told her all that had been on my heart. We ended with “So I guess we’re doing this.” and she said, “yep.” Bible study starts on Thursday, January 25!
Other things happen too, when you take steps of obedience. The week would continue to be full of surprises…. Shall we continue
? If you missed the first part of the story, start here.