God’s great care for his children
A few years ago, I was involved in a major writing assignment; I felt it was way beyond anything that I was capable of doing. I remember constantly crying out to God and begging him to help me through it all.
The reason I was even in that position in the first place was because I believe that God had given me an idea for a Sunday school program for kids. It was to be done in a specific way and I was to write the curriculum for it, as the church which I attended at the time did not have the finances to purchase a curriculum.
I dove right in, with very little writing experience and less than no teaching experience, but I did have God and he was leading me as I walked this path with him. When I look back on that experience I shudder to think how those poor kids had to put up with me trying to teach them the whole bible every week.
As the weeks went on though I learnt to streamline, find the main points and present it in a clear way so that the kids could understand. I found though that even though I was teaching them, it felt like my mouth was full of gravel all of the time.
I had been crying out to God for his help, but in reality my enthusiasm for the project got the better of me, and often I would leave him behind in a cloud of dust as I forged ahead to write and then teach the kids.
One day in pure desperation, I stopped and cried out to the lord for help. I needed him to help me through his holy spirit. I needed him to work through me, instead of me trying to work for him.
It unfortunately took me a while to get to that point where I realized that that is what I needed to do. Once I surrendered however the lord started to show me that the way to allow him to truly work within my heart and through my life was to teach from his word and what he had done alone.
He led me to the following verses:
1 Corinthians 2:1-5
When I came to you, brothers, I did not come with eloquence or superior wisdom as I proclaimed to you the testimony about God.
For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.
I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling.
My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.
I had the strongest conviction, that if I taught the kids the whole counsel of God’s word and sought him to help me to do that, that he would honor that and the Holy Spirit’s power would be given the freedom to work through me.
That is exactly what happened. I would seek him out for the lessons during the week, I would pray and pour myself into them and then when it came to teach it, I knew that he was working through me to touch the hearts of the kids. It was amazing to watch him touch their hearts and to see their eyes light up when they discovered a truth about him for themselves. It was by far the most rewarding experience I have ever had.
Now, having said that, the journey had its ups and downs and good parts and bad parts, and even times when I wanted to give up because it was so very hard to do. I remember one particular time where I was in great turmoil over the lesson, over the internal battle that was raging and I was crying out to God for help.
He sent that help alright, he sent my neighbor and friend over to bring me some flowers, a card with some encouragement in it and a hug. It was like healing balm for all the turmoil that I found myself in. I knew that God had instigated her to bring it all over and once again I felt that deep love that he shows to us, his precious children.
Never be afraid to do what God has called you to do, as he gives you the ability to do it and even when it becomes overwhelming he will see you through it. I felt that there was absolutely no way that I could write a Sunday school curriculum, I was right, but with God leading me, giving me the inspiration and encouragement when I needed it the most, I was able to do it.
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
If you find yourself in a place today where what you are walking through and experiencing is so overwhelming to you, then I urge you to bring all of your worries, cares, anxiety to God because he really does care for you. He will show you the next step and the way out if you need it.
Our Christian walk was not meant to be walked by ourselves, God wants to help us and lead us, when we learn to rely on him for our help, then it brings him glory.
I pray that you will reach out for him today.
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