I’ve had a couple of big ideas lately. At times I find them daunting. I don’t doubt my ability to carry them out but I do wonder at my legitimacy and credibility.
Do you know the kinds of ideas I’m talking about? The ideas that are outside your field of expertise (if you even have a field of expertise!). Those ideas that you imagine someone else is better equipped to bring to fruition. The fantastical, make-you-feel-alive ideas that keep you up at night. Those ideas! We all have them. Sometimes they are born out of conversation with others who share our passion. Other times they slowly dawn on us as we realise we have some skill or talent. Sometimes they even come to us fully formed in a dream.
I’ve had a couple of those kinds of ideas recently. They excite me. I know I can do them. But sometimes there’s this little voice in the back of my head whispering, “No one’s going to buy into your idea. You don’t have any experience. You don’t have any formal training. Never mind being the new kid on the block, you’re not even on the block!”
I’ve had the opportunity this week to meet with a phenomenally bold woman who is going where she is led. She has no formal training for the work she’s doing and yet she is being called into deeper waters and she is going. When I asked her how she felt doing what she does without the qualifications she said to me, “God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the called.” And she leans on the people around her, and allows them to guide and lead her.
God prepares us in ways we don’t even know are preparations. He shines the light on just enough of our path so that we are not overwhelmed by the enormity of where He is leading us. And we’re in good company:
- Joseph was betrayed by his brothers, sold into slavery, wrongfully imprisoned but became the chief administrator of Egypt; saving a nation (and his family) from famine.
- Moses was abandoned and adopted. He was a murderer and lived in exile as a shepherd. But he was called to lead the Israelites out of slavery from Egypt and into the Promised Land, and he brought us The Ten Commandments.
- David was a shepherd and an adulterer. Yet he was a man after God’s own heart and became one of the greatest kings of Israel.
- Esther was an orphaned and adopted Jewish girl in Babylon. Hiding her heritage, she was subjected to 12 months of ‘beautification’ and became Queen of Babylon. From this position, she was called into boldness and she was able to secure the protection of the Jewish people.
- Mary was an unmarried teenager and she was chosen to be the mother of Jesus. Joseph was a carpenter.
- Matthew was a tax collector. Peter, Andrew, James and John were fishermen.
- Saul was a vicious persecutor of early Christians but became one of the greatest disciples of Jesus.
I want to live a life of bold faith. A life of trusting God’s preparations and timings. As Christine Caine says, “If He calls us to slay giants, He will make us into giant slayers.”