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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Five Minute Friday ~ Willing

Five Minute Friday

Today, I'm joining with some crazy, brave and inspiring women at the blog of Lisa Jo Baker. Each Friday she gives a prompt and with that prompt, writers write for 5 minutes with no second-guessing. Just writing what comes to them. Then, they share and encourage each other. What a great {and scary} idea. 

I'm joining in and challenging you to do the same! Today's prompt is "willing".

Ready? Go!

I'm a "slow to warm up" kind of person around strangers. I'm a silent introvert. And the pains of wanting to be hidden away as an introvert began to wear on me when I said "yes" as God nudged my heart to sing as part of the worship team at my church.

It hurt, the way people would come up to me out of nowhere and ask me who I was after I had finished singing. It hurt when my leader would tell me of people asking him the same question some Sundays. And I don't know how to explain the hurt except to say, I wished I could be faithful to my "yes" answer and not be seen. 

I thought I had to hide beneath something. I thought if someone gave me a compliment, I must have been standing in their way to having time with God. I kept asking God to make me smaller until my prayer sounded more like "make me invisible".

But here's how he answered me; in a flash, I was part of a big group of women all gearing up for the same thing...except, I had no idea where I would be and what I would be doing while everyone else was excited with the details. I cried. I felt so invisible. And here is where God met me with whispers.

"So now you feel invisible, Amy. Is this what you meant when you prayed that? I didn't call you to be invisible. Humility is one thing but your prayer turned to pride when all you could think about was how uncomfortable you felt. YOU. You sing your praise to me and give me your time and energy to do these things I have asked of you but don't you see? I need YOU. I need you to be OK with being seen or even being known. I need you to be who you are. Be fully you and move fully in my leading ~ whether they see you or not ~ whether they know who you are or not . Will you be mine? Are you willing to let me shine through you and be a living testimony to others? Will you set your heart on me and set your hands to the work I've asked and let the rest of this go?
Daughter, don't be invisible. Be seen wearing my name. Be seen as my bride."

Friend? That changed me. It changed my posture toward other people. It changed the way I worship. It changed me into someone who is WILLING to step out of my comfort zone again and again so I don't miss the opportunities He has for me or a chance to help someone else.

How about you? What is it He's asking you to be willing to do?



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