I’ve never been a perfectionist. My house, my desk, my closets, my bookshelves–they can all attest to my lack of organization and propensity for clutter, even though it makes me twitch. I often think, I will do________ when I finally get this mess cleaned up.
Life is messy. It just is.
Faith is messy too. Following God’s leading rarely (mostly never) comes with a clear, perfectly outlined path. God invites us to participate in His work and we can choose–obedience (Yes!) or not. Whether or not we’re willing to join Him will not prevent His mission from going forward.
For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to your royal position for such a time as this?” Esther 4:14
God calls us right in the middle of our messy lives, with our disorganized closets and box dinners, He calls us from behind the laundry piles and the mounting bills to step out in faith and say “yes”.
I just finished an inspiring story about one woman’s “yes” to God. It started with her heart breaking for a situation in Africa, and lead to her entire family’s big “yes” to God. Lives are being saved, women and infants rescued for Christ’s sake, all because of her small, trembling, yes.
We can always justify away the call of God. With our litany of lacking qualifications, experience, and know-how. Perhaps we don’t have the money or the time, or even the desire for what God lays on our heart–there is that too. But the gospel call is a call to obedience. It’s a call to believe in faith that Jesus is bigger than our comfortable faith. The gospel is a call to action.
All we have to do is say “yes”, right in the middle of our mess. God cuts the path. We must simply take each step as He clears the way.