Welcome to the Sunday Morning Devotion. If you are like me you are feeling rather harried at this very moment. It’s difficult to enter into time with God when your mind is thinking of a hundred other things. So let’s take a deep breath. Inhale deeply. Exhale fully. Dear God, clear our minds. Wash away the lingering emotions of worry and stress. Remove the clutter of thoughts that hang on like filmy fragments of cobwebs.
Perhaps we should work hard to align our gifts to our perceived view of God’s plan for us. But could that actually impede our progress? Instead of focusing on “his will for ME”, we need to focus only on “HIS WILL” Don’t chase your call but chase the God who calls you.
The words in the hymn “The Summons” says
“Will you come and follow me
If I but call your name?
Will you go where you don't know
And never be the same?
Will you let my love be shown,
Will you let my name be known,
Will you let my life be grown
In you and you in me?”
Let’s look at those words again. “Will you let my life be grown in you and you in me?” Yes - Chase the God who calls you.
If we can but clear the clutter of our will and allow God’s will in our lives, we might hear God’s call more clearly. Embrace the quiet where God resides. Don’t just expect a push; be ready for the nudge. By all means, use the gifts and talents that God has given you. But don’t limit yourself. God knows you are able to do so much more. He might be preparing you for something that has never even been on your radar.
“Lord, your summons echoes true
When you but call my name.
Let me turn and follow you
And never be the same.
In your company I'll go
Where your love and footsteps show.
Thus I'll move and live and grow
In you and you in me.”
May we open the door of our mind and our heart to allow the breath of God to enter in. As the breath of God fills the very center of our being, may the mighty wind or the gentle breeze of God’s call be heard.
Author: Bonnie Barber
[The words of "The Summons" are printed with permission under ONE license 722962.]
Various authors throughout the Chesapeake Bay Mission Center and beyond provide these thought-provoking weekly devotions.