..If there is dew on the fleece alone…then I shall know that you will deliver Israel by my hand. Judges 6:25-40 When I was considering Graduate School, I wasn’t certain that I would be accepted anywhere. Of the three schools I considered, only one felt entirely right. As I shared my desire to go back to school, five women who had attended the school I most wanted to attend encouraged me unequivocally to go. They were far more certain than I, that it was where I belonged. In my mind I only had one chance. I was not interested in a backup plan. Besides, applying to school costs money and I didn’t want to waste money on rejection letters. God as my witness, with five references in hand, I sat down and prayed; “Lord I’m only applying to one school, it’s the only place I want to be. If I’m accepted I know that graduate school is where you want me to be as well.” It would have been quite painful had I not been accepted. To be honest, I don’t know what I would have done. Questioning is a part of life, and because of that, “getting to yes” sometimes involves patience on God’s part. Although we don’t always get the answer we hope for, it doesn’t mean that our passion or desire is invalid. We must continue holding to our faith and know that God will work through our questioning.
…for Saul your lord is dead, and the house of Judah has anointed me king over them.’ …But Abner, commander of Saul’s army, had taken Ishbaal son of Saul, and made him king over all Israel. 2 Samuel 2:1-11 Historically there are always factions; a group or clique within a larger group, party, government, that sees things differently. Factions can divide and sometimes manage to conquer and become a disservice to the group as a whole. God’s kingdom is no different. God gives each of us a gift. It’s natural for each of us to see things differently. It should not prevent us from using our gifts for the benefit of everyone. Yet there are those who use their gift solely for the benefit of themselves. In a sense much like we are in the world but not of it, there are those who are in the Kingdom of God but not of it. Our confidence is in knowing that God’s kingdom, whether large or small (i.e. home/workplace/etc.) is unconquerable when, for the good of those that love the Lord, we always use our gifts to glorify God by serving one another and not ourselves.
The Gifts of God for the people of God. Take them in remembrance that Christ died for you…. (BCP 364)