How to Answer When Creation Comes to Call

Our sweet outdoor kitty, not much older than a kitten herself, suddenly became a mama- not that she didn’t know it – but rather it came as a surprise to us.

At 10:30 am there was one. By 11:52, two more. Tiny things that barely looked like cats according to the boy who witnessed the whole slipshod miracle of life take place in the weeds and leaves down beside the porch.

{Not to worry, we upgraded the new family to better accommodations…}

Out in the driveway another miracle took place as a spare tire found it’s way onto my truck with a little help from family. It was a strange coincidence being that exactly a week earlier our other vehicle suffered the same deflated destiny.

A day later our power went out. And stayed out. Thank God for family {again} who let us stuff every last frozen waffle, chicken nugget and condiment into their Frigidaire only to haul it back home a day later when the power miraculously came back.

And yet we soldiered on, because sometimes that’s all we can do.

Your life becomes a masterpiece the moment you see it as a gift of grace to willingly receive. – Ann Voskamp

As I wiped down the fridge and filled it back up, my eyes fell to the magnets I received from a sweet friend back at Christmas. They remind me despite all the bumps along the way that make life seem like an endless question mark, I am created, called and crowned.

Created

Far from just putting out the fires and changing the flat tires of life, we were created not by accident and definitely not by surprise, to create.

Our God is a designer and made us with the same intrinsic ambition to build- lives, families and sometimes temporary cardboard housing for cats.

When you feel like a piece of you is missing it helps to ask what have you created lately? We are art and made to make art. What that looks like is different for every one as no two of us are exactly the same. God’s pretty cool like that.

Called

According to a Japenese proverb, we can never see the sun rise by looking into the west.

Nor can we see exactly who we’re supposed to be without looking to the son, Jesus.

To know Jesus is to know our purpose.

It’s a scientific fact that people who are lost walk in circles unless they can sense the sun or moon as their guiding light. Of course the best thing to do when you’re lost is to be still but it’s our human tendency to want to find our way out even if it leaves us more confused.

When God wants to do a work in your life- he will often take you into the desert. ~Pastor Rodney Finch, Calvary Chapel Cary

Perhaps the biggest struggle for me is what am I called to do? {Yours too?}

My mind is constantly turning every pursuit and idea over and over looking for the perfect vocation. And when I’m lost and worn out from going my own way, I do my best to fit my mind around this verse:

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” ~ Psalm 46:10

He has a calling for each of us. It’s where our gifts intersect with our service. Sometimes it’s elusive and sometimes it morphs as we go deeper and deeper spiritually, but make no mistake it’s there.

Isaiah 30:21 says, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you saying, this is the way; walk in it.”

No matter what job or station of life we find ourselves in it helps to ask for directions:

Am I glorifying God?

Am I producing fruit?

I’ve never seen a tree sweat trying to produce fruit.~ Pastor Steve Feden

Crowned

We have been created and called but we are also crowned. Sometimes we’re shy about putting it on… especially those of us who don’t naturally like to dress fancy! If we don’t receive it, we run the risk of never stepping into all that God has for his chosen ones.

Before we can receive the crown, we have to let go of all that binds us.

Like a tree, a woman can’t carry the weight of two seasons simultaneously. In the violent struggle of trying she’ll miss every bit of joy each season promises to bring. ~ Lysa Terkeurst

What holds us back from taking hold of our royal status as daughters of the King?

Thinking we’re not good enough.

Not worthy enough.

But when we do that, we’re essentially limiting God.

It’s a frustrating effort trying to put a limitless God in a limited box…we can bottle many things but God isn’t one of them. ~ Pastor Nick Holden

His crown is our equipping to do the things that He created and called us to do.

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This week has been relatively quiet on our home front. We transferred the crazy over to my mama’s house where for a limited time they had creation quandaries of their own — a squirrel stuck in their “squirrel proof” bird feeder — you know the kind with the inner tube encased in a criss-crossed wire mesh ball?

No matter how much he struggled, the poor thing could not get out. It was only with some careful snipping of the wires by my brave Dad he was able to get un-stuck.

Friend, the same freedom is available to you.

You are created, called and crowned.

You are His handiwork, equipped to do every good thing.

Will you open the door to courageous creativity when the master calls?

Lord let us arise and greet the day with joy in our hearts and praise on our lips only for you – Not our accomplishments or accolades. Always thankful no matter what befalls us. We are created, called and crowned for you and you alone. Appointed to produce lasting fruit. Recreated in you to do the good things you planned for us long ago. Thank you for your capable hand and divine design. Amen.

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12 thoughts on “How to Answer When Creation Comes to Call

  1. Heather,
    You’ve had an eventful past week, including being a foster mother to newborn kittens! How frustrating to be without power and in need of a spare — hmm sounds a lot like life, doesn’t it? 🙂

    Reading your thoughts on creating and what we’re called to do, I’m beginning to wonder if we aren’t already in the midst of our callings and that maybe it isn’t the monumental, but the infinitesimal? Maybe taking care of those in our lives — both human and wildlife — and doing what’s in front of us, like restocking the refrigerator, mean more than we can imagine?

    These words are thought-provoking! Keep us posted on the new furry family at your place! 🙂 xo

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    1. Hey You! Hope you had a restful weekend at Amelia Island and hope your roommates were cordial! 😉 The more I ponder and slow down, I think maybe you’re exactly right- we’re created, called and crowned to do small things really well– and that’s what adds up to the big things in life! Some days the challenge looms larger than others but with a little help and encouragement from the right friends we can live gloriously as we were designed. ♥ Thanks for being here my dear and Happy Tuesday! xxoo

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  2. And this one here … ‘who am I called to be?’

    We spend a lifetime responding to these invitations, don’t we Heather.

    But meanwhile, we get to enjoy creating, dreaming, loving, serving.

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  3. You have such beautifully crafted sentences. That’s a creation, too. I believe we are created to create as well, although I could never have said it so eloquently as you have. Thank you for uplifting words today, friend. 🙂

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  4. I love this thought, “Nor can we see exactly who we’re supposed to be without looking to the son, Jesus.” And the verse from Isaiah is one of my favorites. It’s hard to be sad or cynical or discouraged when you witness the miracle of new life. What could be sweeter or more miraculous!

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  5. Heather, this is just glorious, and it resonates with my reading in Jeremiah right now. He was called by God for a huge job before he was even born — and he was given away to the plan and purpose of God, even though he felt inadequate for the task.

    So good to find your writing home! Thanks for the great words over at Sue’s place!

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    1. Hi Michele! I’m humbled you hopped over to ‘visit’! Thanks so much for your words of encouragement ♥ May we all be ‘given away to the plan and purpose of God’! What a beautiful way to put it 🙂

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