Have you ever felt like God expected you to do the impossible? The day God called me to write Rescuing Hope, I thought either I heard wrong or God had mistaken me for someone else. I had barely been writing a blog. How in the world was I going to write a book? My name’s not John Grisham or Karen Kingsbury. That was two and a half years ago.
Yesterday afternoon I pulled into my driveway like any other day. When I got out to check the mail, I happened to glance up at the front door and that’s when I saw it… the small brown package propped against the door. I nearly left the car at the foot of the driveway, I was so excited. I had to remind myself not to drive through the garage and out the other side. Finally, I was going to see the fruit being obedient to a call I knew I wasn’t equipped to complete [Hebrews 13:20-21].
When I ripped open the package, I found Hope. She was looking down, but I knew it was Hope. She represents so many girls in our nation, some survivors, some still trapped in the evil of human sex trafficking.
It is estimated that 300,000 girls are at risk of becoming victims of this heinous crime every year in our nation; girls with hopes and dreams that don’t include being pillaged for one man’s twisted pleasure and another man’s financial gain.
There were many times I wanted to give up when writing this book. I lost count of the number of times I sat in my floor and cried out to God to give this assignment to someone else, someone more qualified. He frequently reminded me if He gave the task to someone more qualified, then they could take the credit. I can honestly say this is His book. I feel more like a scribe than an author. Throughout the process I clung to 1 Thessalonians 5:24,
The one who calls you is faithful and He will do it.
What has God asked you to do? Is it difficult? Is it scary? Then you can be certain it’s from the Lord. He never calls us to do what we can do on our own. He seeks our dependence on Him. He is our Father desiring a relationship, not a vending machine there for us to push His buttons and make our selection.
Every great story in Scripture begins with someone being asked to do what appeared impossible. Why else do you think God had to say “Fear not” three hundred sixty-five times in the Word? He’s called you to step out in faith and trust Him [Proverbs 3:5-6]. It’s your time.
Here are a few steps to help you get started:
- Tell someone what He’s asked you to do. That will make it real.
- Seek Him daily. He will give you the inside scoop [Jeremiah 33:3].
- Trust that He will complete the task [Philippians 1:6]
While it may be impossible for you to do on your own, remember Luke 1:37,
For nothing is impossible with God.”
The first step is the hardest. Why not take it today?
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