God, what are you preparing me for?

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?

[Long pause]

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!


2 thoughts on “God, what are you preparing me for?

  1. I think all questions ‘ll dissapear when we are with Him in the place He prepared for us. For the now, read Isaiah 55:8 & 9 “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

    a. For My thoughts are not your thoughts: God doesn’t think the way we do. We get into a lot of trouble when we expect that He should think as we do. Because we are made in the image of God, we can relate to God’s thoughts, but we cannot master them.

    b. Nor are your ways My ways: God doesn’t act the way we do. He does things His way, and His ways are often not our ways. We get into a lot of trouble when we expect that God should act the way we do.

    c. How far is the distance between God’s thoughts and ours? How far is the distance between His ways and ours? The distance is a great as the heavens are higher than the earth.

    Also Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

    That’s the key…

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