A Fish In Deep Water

October 19, 2017

"I feel therefore I am" is a black hole that is a bottomless moral pit!" Kris Vallotton


God doesn't call the qualified, he qualifies the called, we've heard it said.  You see, God doesn't see us through our short-comings.  He sees us through His strengths.


“My grace is sufficient for you [My lovingkindness and My mercy are more than enough—always available—regardless of the situation]; for [My] power is being perfected [and is completed and shows itself most effectively] in [your] weakness.” -- 2 Cor 12:9 AMP


How would you react if God called you to do something against your nature? Against what felt comfortable or easy?  Something you had no idea how to do?


There is a certain type of fish that loses its flavor if it is not constantly swimming upstream against the current. It's a long story how this was discovered and we will not go into that, but there's a lesson to be learned.


I learned how to read late in childhood and I struggled with dyslexia all through school. It was so bad I did not want to go to college. But God has a way of pushing us out of our comfort zones. He sent me to college and told me to study writing. I found this amusing, but it wasn't amusing as I cried everyday after class and during homework assignments.


One thing I learned was that God is faithful and if he asked you to do something he will give you the ability to do it. During that two years of college he healed me of dyslexia. I can now read and comprehend everything that I read with ease and I've even authored a book.


Then several years later God wasn't done challenging me. One thing I learned during my first college experience was that I was an atrocious public speaker. I would completely freeze and I was unable to speak in front of people. I had anxiety attacks. So the second time God sent me to college he told me to get a great degree in Communications. And I did. Yet, again, I cried everyday for two years. The process was so painful. Just getting out of the car to go into class I'd have to fight back tears.


Today my job requires me to speak publicly on a weekly basis. Something I would not have been able to do just a few years ago.


It seems to me today everyone is all about finding out what their strengths are and they constantly cling to their individual identities and talents. But what if we're supposed to be something other than what are environment and our bodies tell us we are?


I might be good at athletics but that doesn't mean it's going to challenge me and grow me into a better person.


I might find the single life easier, but that doesn't mean it's going to draw me closer to God.


I might be great at doing the family thing, but God may be asking me to give that up for something bigger or different. Something that will challenge me to grow and stretch the limits of what I thought I was capable of.


I might be good at being a wife and a mom, but perhaps being single keeps me stronger, makes me smarter and shows people that hard things can be done with grace and dignity.


I think God gets more glory out of it when we dare to do that which could not be done. Or at least that which could not be done with ease.


And when people say God gets the glory from a thing, I do not think they mean that his glory is more important than our happiness. I think he knows that when we accomplish that thing it's going to make us smile, and when our father sees us smiling it makes him smile. And that is a glorious thing.



He's a good, good Father.






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