March 12, 2017
Teach me thy way, O Lord, and lead me in a plain path. – Psalm 27:11
After living in a big city for around ten years, I moved back to my hometown. In the city I had grown accustomed to working for the Lord in several ways—as a Sunday school teacher, orchestra member, and also helping at the church office. It was such a privilege to be able to serve the Lord in those ways. However, after moving back to my former home, even though I helped in a small way, I missed the fulfillment I got from working at the office, and a craving grew for an opportunity to do more for the Lord. As time went on, the Lord saw my heart and began filling my life with more ways to serve than I had anticipated!
Recently, the Lord has brought home a lesson to me. We may, in our own understanding, want to serve the Lord in the ways we feel are important. But the Lord wants to use us in His own way. If we think the Lord is not using us, we might just need to adjust our idea of what service looks like.
This year I started taking fiddle lessons, which is a dream come true for me. But now, it is also a mission field. My teacher plays guitar, banjo, and fiddle, but in the past years he was overtaken with a physical condition that made him feel his fiddling days were over. I began taking lessons at a time when he was exploring different ways to hold the bow, as his bow hand had become handicapped. After weeks of playing I noticed he was stronger and told him that. He let me know that I had been an inspiration to him. Even though he has to hold his bow in a different manner, he can really play again. I have told him about church and our orchestra, and he is very interested in coming to hear a concert.
We do not have to be in a church or a church office to be used by God. The joy of the Lord is a candle that shines wherever we are, and others will see it. Are we willing to let God use us in unusual situations to help lift someone’s load? The ministry God chooses to give us is by far the best witness for Him.