Called me to waters a little too deep
Oh, I've never been so aware of my need
You keep on making me see
It's way beyond me"
"Beyond Me" by Toby Mac
I heard this song on the radio tonight. I have heard it before but tonight it really hit me what it was saying. I knew I had to share it. As I look over the last five years, I can see time after time again that God has called me to something way beyond my abilities. He has called me on four mission trips and a discipleship program. Altogether, I have raised over $17,000. That is such an insurmountable figure to me. It's way beyond me. It's out of my league.
God is in the business of calling people to things that are impossible to them, to waters too deep.
Why does God do this?
He calls us to these things so that we can in turn learn how to fully and wholeheartedly trust and rely on God to get us through.
I would never have raised that amount of money on my own. It was only through God's infinite provisions that I was blessed enough with the funds to go on these life changing trips. And I am no where close to being done.
God doesn't call you once.
You also don't learn this lesson only once.
Each and every time God calls me to the waters, I feel like I am drowning. And every time God reminds me to trust.
Just recently there have been some hiccups in my original plan for this spring (I will get into that more in a later post) and I was beginning to feel frustrated and discouraged. I was confused. God had called me to something and now it wasn't looking like it was going to happen.
Then one Sunday I was reminded of a verse in Proverbs.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and
lean not on your own understanding. In all
your ways acknowledge Him and He will make
straight your paths."
I had to refocus. I had to pray. And soon enough God gave me peace. And then He showed me something else. (will explain in a later post)
God came through. He answered my prayers. He always does.
"You take me to the place where I know I need You
Straight to the depths that I can't handle on my own
And Lord I know, I know I need You
So take me to Your great …
Take me to Your great unknown"
So if God is calling you to something and your first reaction is to fear or ignore it.
"I am absolutely convinced that the greatest regrets in life will be missed opportunities."
-Mark Batterson 'In a Pit with a lion on a snowy day.'
God will make your paths straight, you need only to pray and trust in Him. He is, after all, our maker, Father, and God.
If you are having trouble letting go of control in your life, feel free to comment below. I'd love to pray with and for you.
Are you fundraising for something that God has called you on and would like some pointers, let me know! I've definitely done my fair share of fundraising and I'm still not finished!
I definitely encourage you to read Mark Batterson's book, "In a pit with a lion on a snowy day". How to survive and thrive when opportunity roars.Such a great read. One of my favorites!
(You can buy that here:
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Here is the video if you would like to listen to the entire song!