This next prompt from Writing in the Margins worries me just a little. (Note to self: Remember Abraham Lincoln’s Prayer: “I sought the Lord and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears.”):
In his Bible, Rich asked, “God, what are you preparing me for?” Turn to these texts that speak to being prepared. Choose one. Then journal in the margin about its meaning to you.
Of course, I can’t just choose one. I want to do them all. But the first one is a little intimidating: Jeremiah 1:5.
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.
Of course, this is the call of the prophet Jeremiah, but let me do my best to simply read this verse and ask “God, what are you preparing me for?”
Why does the question make me cry?
I read this verse at night and woke up in the morning feeling better as if a voice whispered to me:
“Shhh. This is the call of Jeremiah not Sally. I just want you to know before I even formed you in your mother’s womb, I knew you. I’ve prepared you for this life and everything you are called to do.”
I woke up thinking: “Great lover of my soul. You know me better than I know myself. You understand me more than I can ever hope to understand you.”
I felt reassured that whatever God has prepared me for, I’ll be ready: being a wife and mother, serving my current employer, teaching Sunday school, being a friend, or sharing my random, deep thoughts on my blog!