11/12/10

They never asked for a reassignment


I love this post which I found on this blog I recently came across.  It spoke to me right where I am at in all areas of my life.   I admit to questioning my assignment or at least my suitability to accomplish my various tasks based on frustrations and lack of immediate results. 
I am learning just how incomplete obedience is  without trust.



"Noah.
Assignment: Construct an Ark, endure ridicule and mocking for 100+ years, live in a boat with animals, survive the flood {the first and last of its kind}.
Moses.
Assignment: Lead a people who will ultimately grumble/complain, worship idols, murder, sacrifice their children to the fire, become harlots, and despise your leadership.
David.
Assignment: Become king–but first, endure threats on your life, hide in caves, play instruments for a delusional man, witness the death of your best friend.
Jeremiah.
Assignment: As a prophet, speak the word of God to a people living in sin and rebelliousness, threats on your life, anguish and grief.
Elijah.
Assignment: A prophet who will make his home by a brook, trust in a bird to bring him food, live through a drought, call fire from heaven, raise the dead, flee a wicked woman, and witness a fire consume 50 men.
Ezekiel.
Assignment: A prophet and priest who will speak destruction, condemnation and judgement, witness death and the loss of your wife.
John the Baptist.
Assignment: Preacher of repentance. Roamed the desert, wore camels hair, ate honey and locust.
Paul.
Assignment: Preacher of the good news. Promised he would suffer many things for the sake of the gospel, shipwrecked, imprisoned, sick, destitute {among many other hardships}.
And what more shall I say? For time would tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jepthah and Samuel and the prophets–who through faith conquered kingdoms, obtained promises, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Woman received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated. . . .  Hebrews 11:32-38
Who am I to complain, give up, throw in the towel, live in defeat and discouragement?
I have been handed an assignment from my Master–who suffered as an example,
Jesus.
Assignment: The Savior of the world who was detested, rejected, spit upon, stoned, beaten, whipped, falsely accused, and died the death of a criminal.
As I write this post, I am coming out of a season of weariness in this assignment we call adoption.
I look, not to other mamas or families, adoption specialists or counselors, but to the Word of God which records the lives of faithful men, women, and my Savior who never asked for a reassignment!
Mama.
Assignment: A mother who is learning “for the sake of Christ to be content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong {2 Cor. 12:10}.”
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1 comment:

Chasity said...

This is beautiful Carla. Thanks for posting it. I too need these words right now.

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