God Is Calling You

“Moses! Moses!”

“Here I am Lord!”

This call of Moses was the beginning of one of the most epic stories in the Old Testament.  This call led Moses to Egypt to confront Pharaoh.  It led to plagues.  It led to the Passover.  It led to the Red Sea.  And from there, it led to 40 years in the desert before the Israelites finally reached the promised land. 

It all started with a call—a call from God to Moseswhom He called by name.  Do you realize that the same God who called Moses by name, calls you? The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—the King of heaven and earth—He calls you.  He knows your name.  He knows your gifts and your talents.  He knows your struggles and heartaches. And He calls you by name.  What is your response?

There have been different times in my life when I have felt God’s call, and each time that I respond with a resounding “Here I am Lord!” I am met with the Lord’s grace and a great peace and fulfillment on whatever road He is leading me.  Nine years ago, I said yes to full time youth ministry and almost four years ago I said yes to joining the St. Peter’s servant leadership team, as I took on the role of part time youth minister in anticipation of starting a family. That call has led to retreats. To classes. To mission trips. To peer ministers. To laughter. To tears. To encounters with Christ in the most unexpected of places.  It’s led to growth, both in myself and in the teens I have had the honor of serving.  I am grateful each day to be here at St. Peter’s, serving a parish that has supported me in my faith for so long.

There have also been times in my life when I have felt God’s call and have ignored it.  I’ve turned up the volume of life by filling my days so I “don’t have time” to pray.  I avoid God and the call He has and pretend like I know what’s best.  And what has that led to? Frustration. An ungrateful heart.  Discontentment.  And when I slow down enough to realize that I have turned into that fig tree that produces no fruit, I have to stop, slow down, and take time with God to ask for His mercy and forgiveness.

Tomorrow is the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord, when we celebrate Mary’s call and her resounding “Yes!” that changed the world.  Her “yes” brought the Savior of the World to earth, as He was knit together in His mother’s womb. 

Moses’ yes freed the Israelites.  Mary’s yes brought about Jesus to free us from our sins.  God is calling you by name—are you listening? Will you say yes?

Blessings,
Elizabeth

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