Wednesday, September 30, 2015

When God Thinks You Can


Many years ago when my daughter was young, we would spend Wednesday evenings at church for mid-week Sunday school. I would stay to help with her rather large preschool classnot really because I wanted to, but because the church was a bit of a drive from home and it was easier to stay.

One Wednesday, I received a call from the children’s ministry director. She said the teacher for the preschool class was sick and asked if I would teach the class that night. She probably explained what the lesson was for that night, but I don’t remember that part of the conversation. What I do remember is the panic I felt as I agreed to fill in.

Let me tell you, this was far outside of my comfort zone. So far that I don’t think I could even see it from the edge of my comfort zone.

I barely had enough patience for my one child, much less a room full of children. Did I mention this was a preschool class? A large preschool class—ages 2-5? Attention spans were all over the place, including mine.

As I hung up the phone wondering why I couldn’t think of an excuse to say no quick enough, I remembered something. Just the previous night I’d had a dream—a dream that this director called me just hours before the class and asked me to teach that night.

I hadn’t thought about the dream until that moment of stunned silence. I knew there was no way this was a coincidence. This was God warning preparing me for this challenge.

I distinctly remember the thought that gave me confidence that night. The thought I spoke aloud as I surrendered to Him.

God, if You think I can do this…then I must be able to do it.

After all, God knows better than I do.

Was I nervous? Yes. Stressed out? Most likely. Looking forward to it? Probably not. And yet, it felt different.

I had a confidence that didn’t come from me. It was from Him.

God had the confidence I didn’t have, and when I chose to trust Him, His confidence covered me. {Tweet this}

All afternoon, I reminded myself that God knew I could do this. What I thought didn’t matter. I knew He would be there with me.

I don’t remember that night’s class at all, but I know I got through it. And I remember telling the director about the dream and seeing her look of awe.

As I look back, I realize now that it was the first time I can remember when I stepped forward in faith to do something I would never have volunteered to do. God wasn’t calling me to be a teacher.

He was teaching me to trust Him and walk in faith.

And when you follow Him once into the uncomfortable unknown, each time after that gets a little easier.

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If you are reading Fulfilled by Danise Jurado with us, we are in week 4 with Chapter 6—Identity and Chapter 7—Confidence. The pages of my book are filled with underlined parts I don’t want to forget, along with notes and little stars next to Scripture verses.

How are you doing with the reading? What specific parts have grabbed your attention, and maybe kept you thinking about it for days?

In Christ,
Laura  
Thank you Jenn!

Linking up with #TellHisStory, #RaRaLinkup, Thought Provoking Thursday, Everyday Jesus, Faith Filled Friday, Grace & Truth, Faith 'n Friends, Weekend Whispers

6 comments:

  1. What a great story, and that's just amazing about your dream. There's a Relient K song that says "I think I can't, but I think you can. I gather my insufficiencies and place them in your hands". I often think those lyrics to myself when faced with these situations. I love that God cares about challenging us and helping us see all the things we can do through Him.

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  2. Hi Laura,
    What a cute story to remind us of trusting in Him! I'm so glad I stopped by from #FaithFilledFriday! This was the first time I have been to your blog and I am thankful for a new friend!
    Blessings and smiles,
    Lori

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  3. Great testimony of obedience and paying attention to the nudge from the Lord. Thanks for sharing your story. Blessings!

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  4. So cool! "If you follow Him once into the uncomfortable unknown, each time it gets a little easier." When He has proven Himself faithful, and He always does, we learn to trust Him. Such a great story. I was your neighbor at Weekend Whispers! ♥

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  5. Thank you for sharing! I'm not being asked to teach a class, but The Lord is impressing something on my heart and I'm trying hard not to resist Him. The comfort zone is blown though. I'll follow your lead and prayerfully I can do it too! Blessings!

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  6. What a beautiful story. Thank you so much for sharing it.
    Thanks for linking up with Grace & Truth this week! I've chosen your post as my featured post!
    God bless,
    Jenn

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