Monday, March 9, 2015

I'M NOT DONE (WITH YOU YET)

by Marcie Bridges @Marcie_Bridges 

"being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." 
Philippians 1:6

WHO AM I?

 

God’s Response:

You are
My very own child
unique, set apart
for that
which I began
in you long ago
I seek to finish
to complete

what I have
gifted to you 

for a purpose
not like others





My Reply to My LORD:
I am
willing Lord.
Use me, mold me,
from ashes I came
here I lay
waiting for You
to showcase
Your masterpiece
through me.

~Marcell Warner Bridges
©8 March 2015, All Rights Reserved


There are days when my spirit feels weak and deflated. I wonder how much longer I have to wait to get to the places I want to go.

There are days when it all just seems so unfair.

Did I not listen to God closer at a young age? Did I not ask Him to show me the path He wanted me to take? Why, oh, why has it taken me so long to get where I am today?

There are days when I cry out to God to hear my pleas for help and He sends reinforcements to my tender, lonely heart:

Sometimes callings from God unfold in a miraculous instant. But more often callings happen within a million slow moments of revelation and maturation... I needed to experience God revealing Himself and maturing me so I could properly handle the Truth I would eventually write and speak about. And so that I could develop my communication skills by learning how to string thoughts and words together that connected and could be received by an audience.” *

As I read that my striving stopped. My hands stilled. My heart gave in.

God does not do anything in our timing but in His. And His timing is unique. His timing is special. His timing is the right time.
Always.

Lysa Terkeurst goes on in her blog post to say this:

“We are charged to be prepared in 2 Timothy 4:2, “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke, and encourage – with great patience and careful instruction.” I needed the revelation of the Word so I could properly preach the Word. I needed maturity so I could fulfill that last part of the verse “with great patience and careful instruction.”*


Just like my own husband waited for me to grow up and be mature enough to be his wife (he’s 11 years older than I) God has been working in me to become mature enough to write for Him. To have the character and the right mind-set to be able to do His will.

And oh how this brought tears to my eyes and clarification to my heart!

But whether you want to put pen to page and write or fulfill
another calling from God, let me assure you slow progress is better than no progress. ... The slow unfolding of readiness in us is often misunderstood to be a quick rejection by God. What a tragic mistake this is for many of us who too quickly shut down in our flesh what God is trying to develop in our spirit.”*

So when my focus is on me, I am quick to find faults and to find reasons why I shouldn’t be the one to do this or why I haven’t achieved what I think I should have by now. But when I focus on God, when I fix my eyes on Jesus, He whispers, “I’m not done with you yet...” 
Do you feel rejected by God? Do feel rejected by others? What would happen if you focused more on what Jesus thinks than what you think? I look forward to your comments below.
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© Heart Thoughts, Marcie Bridges, 2015

3 comments:

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    1. I am happy you enjoyed it Norma. Thank you!

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  2. Marcie, I think you touched on something that many of us struggle with. I remember waiting 18 years from the day I knew the Lord had called me as a writer and speaker until the day I knew it was time. But, like you said, He used that time to grow me up, to teach me, to mold and shape me. I wasn't ready before then - I didn't know that, but the Lord did. Isn't it wonderful to know that He is sovereign and His timing is perfect. Love you girlfriend.

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