Written By: Daphne Kirk from Generation to Generation
Divorced, no home, no income, two small children, and two teenagers; that sounds like enough to deal with in life. BUT GOD took this broken family to – minister on every continent, speak in megachurches, nation-wide Pastor and leaders conferences, the unreached and persecuted nations – and so the list goes on. The children grew into teenagers involved in ministry, then to adulthood, and are still in the ministry. Today they continue to trust Jesus for everything and continue to serve Him together. An amazing story? Maybe, but saying “yes” to Jesus leads to amazing stories because they are His story.
I firmly believe that when Jesus asks anything of us, He takes ALL of our circumstances into account. It is us who make them a problem or an excuse for not obeying Him wholeheartedly.
- “I am a single parent, so I can’t…”
- “I need to make an income so I won’t be able to…”
- “I have small children, so it is not possible to…”
Throughout Scripture, we read of God using those who “couldn’t”, addressing their excuses, molding them into who He created them to be so the glory would go to Him.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.” 2 Corinthians 4:7
The distractions of our “jars of clay” are just reminders that these are the very vessels He wants to use, so He gets all the glory. There is no way the family referred to at the beginning could take credit for all that has happened. There has been no advertising, no leaflets, and no seeking invitations. Everything has come to them, and all they had to do was say “yes.” I am not holding them up as a model but instead as a means of tearing down the excuses that I hear for not reaching out further than we could dream or imagine. Hold onto the hand of the One Who can lead you where you would not go to do what you could not do and provide with what you do not have…this is what our God can do.
I am not minimizing the struggle to overcome your weaknesses and situations that scream “impossible”. I know them too well because I am that mother I mentioned at the beginning. However, I have seen the relief and amazement when walking and living God’s impossible and improbable dream.
Is it easy? Not always. Is it possible? Every time.
How can you do it? By taking step by step, the hand of Jesus and letting Him unfold His story through you. I have seen miracles – people getting off planes and just pouring out the contents of their wallets into our laps without knowing anything about us. I have seen Him provide. I have seen the promise lived out that He would be a “Father to the fatherless”. I have seen Him provide finances, health, and strength, the right relationships at the right time, and a place to live as we have needed them. I have seen it – and lived it.
Have I made excuses? Yes. Has He overcome them? Every time.
There is no secret to being “God’s Woman with No Excuses”. It is all about Jesus and your trust in Him. I sometimes think that we trust Him more with our eternal destiny than we do our destiny on earth. He is the One who enables you to draw each breath and gave you life on this earth. He has invested His Life in you and paid the ultimate price so you can live His destiny and declare His glory in your spheres of influence wherever He may decree them to be.
He sees beyond your limited view of your life and circumstances with a vision greater than you could dream of for yourself. I read the following: “It is the task of the servant to obey the Master. It is the task of the Master to provide for the servant. Therefore the servant need have no fear.”
At the time, I thought, “This is easier written than lived.” BUT I can look back and see the truth of this statement and will be eternally grateful that Jesus looked down on one broken family and saw beyond their shattered dreams to His dream for us. I did not see His dream; I had no idea where the path of obedience would lead us. I just knew that my heart’s desire was like Joshua and that “as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” My circumstances screamed, “this could never be fully realized!” How can someone with literally nothing, expect to be used by the King of kings? My circumstances were the vessel He wanted to use to show His glory. I just needed to hand Him that vessel and allow Him to take the attention off of it and onto Him.
Written By: Daphne Kirk
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