God Chose You!
*Guest Post by Bridgette Coleman*
I was watching the Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe with the kids some time ago as a family movie night. It’s a faithful adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ inimitable book of the same name. The Chronicles of Narnia is one of my all time favorite book series, and whether your 9 or 90, I highly recommend them.
One of the things Don and I marvel at is how C.S. Lewis so adeptly took large biblical concepts and made them easy to understand and relate to – especially for children. There is so much “meat” to be found in his “children’s” series – as much as his loftier books. As we were watching a particular scene in the movie that night, I began to think about God’s encouragement to us, especially as it connects with our calling.
In the movie, Aslan takes Peter – the eldest of the four Pevensie children – aside and informs him that he is to be High King over Narnia. This is definitely big news to Peter, and gives him cause to pause. Even more to his chagrin, he is told that he will be leading the coming battle. Say what, now! Immediately, Peter’s response is, “I’m not who you think I am.” It’s obvious he is beset with doubts and begins reasoning all the ways in which he cannot do this job Aslan is giving him:
I’m not old enough,
I’m not smart enough,
I’m not strong enough,
I’m not experienced enough…
How many times in our lives have we been given a job, task, mission, calling by God and told Him (and ourselves!), “I’m not the person for that…I can’t do those things you want…I’m not fit to do what’s needed…There’s got to be someone better than me…” and on and on? Well, you’re not totally wrong. There is Someone better than you, and guess what? He chooses YOU.
Here’s the truth I felt Lewis communicating: God doesn’t necessarily call you when you are perfectly ready to do everything perfectly well and have perfect results (by your standards). You are called when He is perfectly ready to begin working on this part of you for His perfect plan. YOU are exactly who He knows you to be and You ARE the person for the job. Be confident in this truth!
Another young king recognized this early on when he was going through some troubles of his own. David was called to be king of Israel, but then spent a lot of the time in the desert, running from King Saul. A read through the Psalms and it’s clear that David had his doubts about his calling. However, he also knew who God was and trusted that God had only the best in mind for him. He certainly wasn’t ready when Samuel came trudging through the sheep fields to come find him. But his confidence in God gave him confidence. He says exactly that in Psalm 71: 6, “For you have been my hope, O Sovereign Lord, my confidence since my youth.”
Our humble doubts are not a bad thing, so long as they don’t turn into self put-downs that prevent us from moving forward in our calling. A little doubt keeps us from thinking we can do it all on our own, and forgetting to rely on God. Honestly, we can even rejoice in uncertainties because that is when we more fully recognize God calling out in us the virtues of strength and courage that he has blessed us with. Those same virtues that equip us for our calling, and remind us that we are an imperfect people entering into partnership with a perfect God. How amazing!
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