Believe You Are Called
A few months ago I attended a one-day women's conference. One of the talks was given by a newly ordained priest who was quite young. As he took to the podium I thought, "What can this young man tell me that I haven't heard before?" I began to check out until he joked about how he knew most of us in attendance were probably sceptical about what he had to offer, being a young man, newly ordained. So out of courtesy I took out my notebook and pen and prepared to take notes.
As Father spoke to us about our prayer life, he asked us to consider who is doing the asking and who is doing the answering. Typically, we ask God for this and that, and He answers (or doesn't) and that is the end of the transaction. But, he challenged us, what if we were to change that up a bit? What if we did the inviting and God did the speaking?
"Lord, I can't wait to see how you surprise me today."
This was the only thing from his talk that I put in my notes. I didn't need anything else.
My prayer life has never been the same. This one phrase has changed how I speak with God, and more importantly, how I listen for Him, each day. It involves a more personal relationship, not a transactional one. It is an invitation from me to Him to speak to my heart. He then surprises me with what He wants me to know: His love for me, His plans for me, His desire that I have faith and trust that He will give me all that I need to do His will.
I think this is what the author is getting at on page 30 when she writes about Peter's response to our Lord (Matthew 14:28). God is waiting for us to invite Him into our everyday life, not just a small corner of it. He wants a relationship with us which involves a true give and take, invitation and a yes that probably involves a large amount of faith. Depending on which woman we are (page 18)- the one with the buried purpose, the one who has given up or the one who is comfortable right where she is - that yes may never come. This is why remembering Ephesians 2:10 is so important. He has a plan. Are you listening for Him to share it with you?