On behalf of our guest post writer Lianna Hamm...
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
We are each His beautiful vessel, called to pour out the light and love of Christ, therefore, WE GO… even when it doesn’t make sense.
Sometimes God’s ways don’t make any sense to me. He told Noah to build a boat, a very old Abraham he would have many descendants, and a young virgin she would birth the Son of God. Hind sight reveals how God’s perfect plans unfold but they had to be thinking this makes NO sense!
I spent my childhood and teens relying on my own understanding in order to survive. I covered the pain of physical, emotional and on-going sexual abuse with performance and approval-seeking in school and in activities. Straight A's, student council, cheerleading, etc. worked until they didn’t, and I ran away at 16. At 19 my life was a mess, but I met Jesus and that encounter “lifted me out of the pit, put my feet on a rock and put a new song (literally) in my mouth.”-Psalm 40:2-3. I began trusting God more and relying on my own understanding less.
I barely graduated high school, yet God sent me to college and law school. I was practicing law, performing as a singer songwriter and dating my now husband when He called me to leave everything in North Carolina and move to Washington, DC to pursue music full time. (Because that makes sense right?) But I trusted God and guess what? He showed up. Every. Single. Time. When my husband was offered a job in Nashville, I was sure it was for music but instead I quickly became a mom which is awesome, but it made NO sense according to my plans. It made NO sense when I had a four-month old and hadn’t practiced law in 10 years that He called me to take the Tennessee bar exam, pass and practice law again. It made NO sense when my now four children were ages newborn to 5yrs old that He called me to home school, which is amazing, hard, and the richest blessing to our family. It made NO sense when, after homeschooling kindergarten He called me to start a parent- run, Bible based, home school co-op that just finished its sixth year having served over 100 families. It made NO sense when He gave me a love for India in 2013 and in 2017, I was sharing the Gospel in a village in Punjab. It makes NO sense that a homeschooling mama is the vice/acting state board chair and interim director for Child Evangelism Fellowship of Tennessee overseeing 8 local chapters that reached over 19,000 children with the Gospel of Jesus Christ last year through Good News Clubs© in public schools and more. ALL of these things have been and continue to be BEYOND me, but Jesus, time and again, proves Himself faithful and worthy of all my trust. In 1991, I gave Jesus my "yes" and He alone does the rest.
Further reading: Isaiah 6:8, Isaiah 55:8-9, John 15:5, Romans 10:14-15 and Philippians 3:7-9
Lord Jesus, thank you that your ways are not our ways! You are the vine and we are the branches; apart from you we can do nothing, but with you all things are possible. Thank for you taking our fears and turning them into faith. You are the God your Word says you are: faithful, true, and fulfiller of every promise. Keep us as the apple of your eye. Grant us the grace to abide in you and say yes to you daily. You are worthy of our trust and your path leads to life. Help us to GO even when it doesn’t make sense. In Jesus’ name. Amen.