I closed my history text book and sighed. I finally finished school. It had been a long day filled with shark knowledge and Galileo contributions. Now I had free time. What was I to do? I could hear Netflix calling my name, and could see my iPod screen glowing of texts from my best friend. But I felt something. I had to check out the blog I happened upon earlier. So I grab my laptop and type in http://www.therebelution.com. One of the first posts that came up on the home page was titled 1,400 Cards By Valentines Day. Naturally, I was intrigued.
This post led me to http://uniquelyfashionedforhisglory.blogspot.com/ , a blog run by a girl who God is using for amazing things. I accepted the offer to make a difference in the lives of imprisoned Ugandan children by making simple cards for them.I sat down at my dinner table with colored card stock and my nicest markers, and put all of my heart into making these homemade cards of hope. They were simple: “God Loves You” was carefully written on the front and the words of the oh-so-extraordinary John 3:16 written on the inside. Everyone who knows me knows that I don’t have a creative bone in my body, but somehow I found six different ways to make those cards personal. (And I plan to keep going!)
I had time to think during that hour of writing and drawing. I’ve been thoroughly praying and learning for over a year, asking God what He wants me to do for Him. I wanted to go to Uganda like this girl that’s birthing brilliant ideas for impacting those people. Why wasn’t anything being laid on my heart like this? The bigger question was “Oh Lord, how can I impact this world for Your Kingdom?”.
What can I do to make a difference?
Does this sound familiar? Like me, you might be pulling out your hair going “WHAT DO I DO?!” You may be praying and praying and don’t feel like God’s calling you to something yet. I don’t know God’s plan for either of us. Here’s the thing…
When God hasn’t opened any doors, I will praise Him in the hallway.
I’ve been in the hallway for over a year, waiting. Waiting for God to open the door and say “This is what you’ve been praying for.” And oh, what an amazing, beautiful, and joyful time that will be. But as I wait, I’m not going to sit and look at my watch, waiting for that door. I’m going to make cards for orphans, sponsor a child through Holt International, and invest time in children ministry. I’m going to look for ways to make a difference in peoples lives, whether its packing a box or two for Operation Christmas Child, or sending a plate of cookies to my elderly neighbor. I’m going to collect my money in a jar and use it when God opens that spectacular door.
Care to join me?