Well, I’ve reached the end of six passages, which Lisa Nichols Hickman selected for the purpose of reflecting on the question: God, what are you preparing me for?
Today’s verse comes from the book of 2 Timothy 4:2
Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.
That’s a crazy hard thing to do. The few times I’ve been in a situation that called for rebuking—it was much harder on me than for the other parties. And to have patience through it all! That’s a tall order. I was thinking about the difference between reproving, rebuking, and exhorting and just ended up with a few definitions in my margins. A minister once said in a sermon, “It’s hard to be nice and be a preacher.” When I heard him say that, I pondered and wondered what he meant. After reflecting on this verse…I think I understand. Saying an extra prayer for our church’s minister tonight!
I was nervous to ask the question, “God, what are you preparing me for?” I’ve reflected on six verses with that question in mind, and I’ve discovered that there are a number of vocations for which I am not at all prepared! The closest I came to hearing God answer this question clearly for me was when I heard this version of Rich Mullins singing “Step by Step” (after I searched for his song about how many rooms there are in the Father’s house). I feel like I can sing these lyrics with all my heart: “Step-by-step you’ll lead me. And I will follow you all of my days.”
I am finding that I just can’t get enough of Rich Mullins, may God bless his soul, what a wonderful man. I just watched him singing his most famous song: “Awesome God.” He introduced the song with this quote…
I always find it interesting to hear those who read the Bible so they can find answers. Just about every time in my life I thought I found an answer, if I went back and read the Bible, it would blow it out of the water. I’ve given up trying to find answers in the Bible and am looking in the Bible to meet the weirdest character of all, God Almighty himself.
So what is God preparing me for? Not to be a prophet, a hero of faith, a missionary, or a preacher, but simply to meet God and know God, a beautiful answer for this is also my heart’s desire!