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Topic: Willingness (02/21/05)
TITLE: Weak, Weepy, but Willing!
By Donna Haug
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We started back towards the tabernacle where we could already hear beautiful harmonies of familiar hymns in the distance. Walking a little slower this time, knowing we were going to be late anyway, we started talking excitedly about our future. “I am so glad I met you, Connie! It will be so nice to actually know somebody at Bible College!”
“Me too! I wish we could room together. Wouldn’t that be neat?” Connie said, her eyes dancing at the thought.
“I wonder if we couldn’t arrange it? We could try!” For a shy missionary kid who didn’t have many friends on Canadian soil yet, even the thought of camp was overwhelming. My high school graduating class of eight in Brazil seemed like a drop in the bucket to the 200 first year students expected at Bible School that year. I was petrified! It was such a comfort to know that another quiet and insecure young lady like myself would be there in that crowd looking for me.
Inseparable already, Connie and I quietly squeezed our way onto a hard, wooden bench and joined the service. The worship service was a strange combination of new and old for me, but when it came time for the sermon, I was “all ears”. How my heart was challenged by the message! “Are you willing to go anywhere? Do anything for your God? There is so much work to be done. Will you raise your hand tonight and say, ‘Yes, Lord, I am willing. I will go wherever, whenever, for You!’” With tears running down my cheeks, I raised my hand as my heart cried out to my God in response to the challenge. Looking over at Connie, I saw quiet tears soaking her tissue, and I smiled knowing we were truly bosom pals already.
We joined the crowd slowly shuffling towards the altar and knelt down to pray. “I’ll go where you want me to go, dear Lord. O’er mountain or plain or sea …” “Jesus, use me and, oh Lord, don’t refuse me! Surely there’s a work that I can do …” Song after song wafted over our heads as we poured out our hearts to God. Long after everyone else had left the building, Connie and I were still there, praying together, and using up a whole box of tissues! Were we willing? Oh yes! But how fully aware we were of our weaknesses and feelings of inadequacy. How could God ever use us?
Twenty years later, Connie and I are still bosom pals even though we are continents apart. God in his sovereignty gave me the desire of my heart to return to the mission field, this time as a missionary. Connie is a children’s pastor in our home church and a fiery preacher. Her testimony has spoken volumes to hurting ladies, and I believe her ministry in that area is only beginning. Somehow God seems to choose the weak and lowly who have hearts that are open to His leading. He has taken these very imperfect vessels and chosen to use them in His service. If He can use us, He can use you! Are you willing?
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