It’s time for our weekly study of What Happens When Women Walk in Faith, by Lysa TerKeurst.
Chapter ten: Roadblocks and Reassurances
Don’t you just sometimes shake your head at the crazy things people do? Don’t you just want to stamp your foot and say, “You’re just being mean!”?
I love the story Lysa tells in this chapter about the boundary dispute with her neighbor. This story superbly illustrates how God sometimes calls us to do the very thing we do not want to do. The very thing we have sworn we would never do.
News flash, friends: Never say “Never” to God. The minute you do, you’ll find yourself smack dab in the middle of that very “never”. God will not be held to our small standards.
Here are a few of my nevers:
I’ll never give up my career to be a stay-at-home mom.
I’ll never be qualified to be a Bible teacher.
I’ll never be part of a church that does not ordain women pastors.
God took me into each of these “nevers” and many more. While I wasn’t always comfortable in the situations that obedience presented, and I didn’t always agree with those around me; I wouldn’t trade the lessons I learned from my Father during those times for anything in the world. He has broken my legalistic thought patterns and shown me a love greater than anything I could ever imagine. All through a journey of “nevers”.
God asked Lysa to take her neighbor a drink of water as the woman worked diligently to make life difficult for Lysa and her family. By learning to love an enemy, Lysa grew in her faith walk and embraced God’s will.
Chapter eleven: God Will Make a Way
This chapter is about choosing to believe in God’s plan, “whether we feel assured or not”. Lysa reminds us that we will suffer in this life, but our sufferings are small compared to the price that was paid for us.
If we truly understood what was done for us, if we could fully grasp that sacrifice…I believe our lives would be so different.
But because we are human, we often, “…lose our eternal perspective, get entangled in the troubles of today, and close our heart to Him.” (pp111).
Honoring God with our hearts looks different for everyone. On pages 112, Lysa gives some examples of ways we can do this. For example, living a thankful life, or communing with Him daily. Keeping our hearts pliable, like soft clay, takes kneading. It takes discipline and work to remain soft in His hands.
So. My take away points in this lesson are 1) Never say never. And 2) Let my heart be like pliant clay in His hands.
Until next Tuesday, my friends!