Through the years my family has been blessed to have shared our simple journey of faith with so many fellow sojourners, seekers, people of love and grace, followers and servants of Jesus Christ…. Amazing men and women who were committed to serving God, loving others (and us), sacrificially sharing God’s love because of His great love. How often I wish for an opportunity to stand face-to-face, smile, give a hug, pat a back and encourage every person that has invested in every little part of my heart. Nuances get lost as your typed words fail to adequately reflect the essence of your soul. Geography separates us by miles. Christ connects our hearts eternally through the Spirit of God.
This morning I closed my mind to the “to-do list” and curled up for a visit with God today after a weekend of serving others. As I opened my Bible, I was immediately drawn to the book of Colossians. The words that inspired this letter from Paul to those of faith in Colossee tugged at my heart as a way of reminding.
“I Paul, have been sent on special assignment by Christ as part of God’s master plan.” Colossians 1:1
And my heart smiled.
I heard from my special far away friend Dianne today. While life has dealt her a difficult hand, she has found her way back to herself because of the grace of God and His master plan for her life. Her faith renewed. The cornerstone of God’s truth is her unwavering strength. Endings have led to new beginnings. New beginnings are our promise that God is trustworthy; never shaken nor caught off guard. He is true, sure and faithful. She is ALWAYS very close to my heart and in my prayers. More than anything, she is forever a part of who I am, in my spirit, there is a slice of Dianne’s gracious and joyful strength through pain and loss.
How many people are in YOUR life that YOU have been sent on special assignment from God to love, care for and encourage as a part of God’s master plan today?
There are likely friends in your life just like precious Dianne, God’s beloved. I thought it a perfect time to bless her heart in the same way that Paul did for those he loved and prayed for. So I shared the following verses as my prayer for her today. I wanted her to know that, I too, have gone to the Father on her behalf. How much better to pray God’s Word instead of depending on any frail utterances that limit my ability to adequately express the things of the Spirit that are on my heart.
“Be assured that from the first day we heard of you, we haven’t stopped praying for you, asking God to give you wise minds and spirits attuned to His will, and so acquire a thorough understanding of the ways in which God works. We pray that you’ll live well for the Master, making Him proud of you as you work hard in His orchard. As you learn more and more how God works, you will learn how to do your work. We pray that you’ll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy, thanking the Father who makes us strong enough to take part in everything bright and beautiful that He has for us.” Colossians 1:9-12
I, Melanie, am on special assignment by Christ as a part of God’s master plan today and always. For His kingdom. For His glory. For the eternal.
I challenge you to Walk in His power today as you speak life into the people that God has given as Your special assignment.