Twenty months ago, I could not have imagined the outcome of a simple but heartfelt prayer. I had been desperately aware of a need for revival in and around me. I started to pray regularly, pleading with God to do the work.
At first, it felt as if God had allowed me to experience Him from the inside of a small vessel. Spiritually speaking, I was drifting on a beautifully calm and steady stream. His affirmations to my heart came consistently through His Word. Quiet whispers along my path filled my heart with His presence. He allowed me to see more and more of His beauty and lovingkindness. I felt a desperate need to spend extended time with Him on walks in the early morning and continued my pleading for more of the Holy Spirit.
Today, I find myself in the same boat, but instead of floating on a calm river, torrents of uncertainty try to take my confidence. He has called me to a task that is far beyond my ability and gifts. My vessel has become utterly insufficient. I am entirely ill-equipped and keenly aware of my need for His constant provisions. My boat is being rocked.
I believe this is part of the plan and His answer to my heart felt prayer months ago. He has revived me. My heart has been awakened to the desperate need for my Maker to do His work, to show me His paths, and to steady my heart with the knowledge of His presence, no matter the uncertainty of life. He calls us to do the impossible. If we dare to ask, He will awaken our hearts, not for a cozy trip down a lazy river, but rather to trust Him through the raging waves of His call.
Will not the God who calls us also equip us to do His work?
“Father, revive our souls.
Awaken us to your call.
Give us confidence that You provide all that is needed.
Help us to step out into the waters of uncertainty, without fear.
Teach us what it means to trust You completely,
Please, rock our boats!”
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more
than all we ask or imagine, according to his power
that is at work within us,
Ephesians 3:20, NIV
(Heidi Viars, 2013)