Am I Ready?

Monday morning at 6 am the alarm rang and Stephen asked me,” Are you ready for this again?”

Our girls were up and going, preparing for school after a two-week break.  They were excited.  Isabel had her newspaper article in hand, Grace was all bouncy and happy, and Julia enthusiastically drove the car to school (though she threw it into park while it was still moving…).

After the girls left the home, the quiet settled back in, so I sat down and read these words from Jude 1:1-2

To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ: Mercy peace and love be yours in abundance.

Seconds after I finished reading, the phone rang.  It was Ian, my boss from Compassion.

“Are you ready for India?” He asked.

My stomach instantly went to butterflies as I thought about leaving in a week. A month ago I was ready for a break from travel.  I needed to be home. Then the splendor of the holidays took my heart and filled it up with beautiful time and connection to the four people I adore most in this life.  Am I ready?

I took a second to answer Ian’s question and realized that I felt good; God has restored me and readied me for what I am CALLED to do.

“Yes, Ian, I am ready and I am excited.  I am looking forward to showing this group Compassion.”  We discussed the trip and I imagined the journey to Darjeeling and going up into the Himalayas.  How exciting this will be.

I hung up the phone and I continued my work and started making a list of things I needed to do this week.

Number 1.  I need to move the 700 pairs of shoes out of the garage.

I stopped for a second and remembered that a month ago I had prayed for storage for the shoes.  Yesterday, our church led us to a storage pod and told us this was for the shoes.  I just about cried. God is so faithful.  These are moments that His LOVE is revealed to me.

As I continued my list of things to do, I started thinking about the New Year and the various plans we are making for 2011.  It’s tempting to feel a little lost and in the fog after the holiday hype. It takes awhile for me to settle back into the routine after all parties are over and the decorations are down.

I took a little break from my list, I walked over to the window and I sat in the warmth of the sunlight as it heated the glass, and I thought about it.

Am I ready?

Am I ready for 2011?

Maybe the better question is: Am I ready to trust?

God has been faithful.  Each time I doubt, he reveals himself.  Each prayer I pray, he answers.  He’s KEPT me safe; he’s kept me close.

I went back to Jude and I read it again this afternoon.

To those who have been called, who are loved by God the Father and kept by Jesus Christ:

MERCY, PEACE and LOVE be yours in abundance.

We don’t always know what we are to be ready for.  We can make plans, but we all know that plans can change.   We can loose someone we love tomorrow, we can loose a job, and we can burn a meal.  But it is comforting to know that we are called, loved and kept.  We are ready… when we are willing to trust….

…and the MERCY of GOD, the PEACE of GOD, the LOVE of GOD can be ours in abundance.

Today this was very good news to me.  I do feel ready.

3 Comments on “Am I Ready?

  1. what a great reminder…..i loved it! there is a song in there somewhere…think i’ll work on that!

    ps. loved the newspaper article too! how awesome!

  2. This was beautiful thank you. For the last seven years the holidays have been a mixture of deep sorrow, thankfulness and joy with the people I love so much. It is sometimes hard to not let the sorrow overwhelm me. I miss the days when sorrow was not part of my holiday experience. I needed to be reminded of God’s mercy, peace and love – thank you. You have such a wonderful heart.

  3. Thank you for sharing this! I’ve come to protect my time “away from it all” at Christmas time. It is a wonderful time to refocus and spend extra time with my Lord and my family. Your blog is so applicable! Because of what He taught me during that time, as I returned to work, I knew I was ready for what He has for me. thank you for the reminder of the mercy, peace and grace of God.

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