shepherd for the Shepherd

Father took away what I loved the most, what I did the best — teaching children; and gave me a gift I didn’t ask for that I am to use primarily to minister to His grown-up kids, as one of His prophetic intercessors (1 Cor 14:3).

Since I was young there is one thing I wanted to do in life: teach children. Adults were fine in my book as long as I didn’t need to spend a lot of time interacting with them.

Over and over in a span of many years, in various places and roles, many people have affirmed my gift for teaching and interacting with children. Teaching children is my sweet spot and my love in life. And yet, Father called me away from doing it in a full-time capacity.

Has Father called you away from something you loved and were good at and given you a different calling?

As you live out that calling Father has given you, it is imperative to find who your biblical example is:

  • Who do you identify with in the Bible?
  • Who has Father drawn you to in the reading of His Word?
  • How can you learn from their pitfalls, weaknesses, and victories?

I identify with Amos. Amos was a shepherd who God called to be a prophet.

Amos answered Amaziah, “I was neither a prophet nor a prophet’s son, but I was a shepherd, and I also took care of sycamore-fig trees. But the Lord took me from tending the flock and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ – Amos 7:14-15

Amos knew how to shepherd sheep and care for trees. Yet, God called him to be a prophet.

Over the 14 years since I graduated with a teaching degree, Father has again and again asked me through circumstances, situations, closed doors, and choices, “What will you choose?” As the years have gone on, my heart more and more quickly responds, often with weeping or tear-filled eyes, “I choose You Father, I choose You.”

In redefining our life and calling, Father’s ultimate goal is to bring us to that very point of surrender — that above everything else, we choose Him without any qualifications.

I was blessed to have a pastoral friend and mentor journey with me through my struggle to embrace and live out the calling Father has given me. One day he challenged me with a truth I continue to be challenged by, “Life is a series of surrenders for those who seek to serve the King.”

After much discussion, prayer, and reflection, I wrote the following declaration:

I am content and blessed in just accepting who I am and what Father has given me to do. They are His messages and His children and if my part involves being on the fringes and praying on the periphery and through the night and being looked at a little funny and only partially understood — there is no greater honor and no greater privilege.

I pray that even with the continued pains of loss and the streams of tears that come with “the series of surrenders that are required of those who seek to serve the King” that my heart will always answer each role, each task, each sacrifice with . . .

Father I accept my portion and my cup (Ps 16:5).
There is no greater honor. There is no greater privilege.

  1. What is your story?
  2. Where are you in your journey?
  3. Have you accepted the portion and cup Father has given to you?
  4. Who is your biblical example?
  5. Has your heart come to that point of surrender where you can wholeheartedly say, “I choose you Father, I choose You.”

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  1. says

    Thank you, Angela. I just found your blog today, and I am challenged and encouraged by it already. Specifically, I want to meditate on this one. Thank you for hearing and obeying God’s calling for you!

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