I really couldn’t believe God would ask me to do that.
It couldn’t be more obvious it was Him doing the asking though.
For the past few years I had dreamed of nothing but going to a Christian college, getting my degree in Christian counseling and marrying a pastor. White picket fences, small house with children and a dog – my American dream.
Now, college move in was just weeks away. My roommate was assigned and I was ready to go. But first my family was taking a vacation…half way across America. From Iowa to North Carolina, we were heading to the big city of Charlotte. For those of you unfamiliar with road trips of that length…we’re talking 16 hours of me, Dad, Mom and my little brother.
As we started the long trek, the reading began. One article in particular stood out to me. “If You Want to Be Great in God’s Kingdom, Learn to Be a Servant” This title grated against my heart. I wanted to be in ministry; what I thought ministry was. I wasn’t so sure about the servant part.
Once we arrived in Charlotte, we attended a service with James Robison preaching. His topic: becoming a servant. Really God? Two times in two days? I responded to a call to come forward to become God’s servant. I wasn’t really sure what that meant. I did know it meant a change in my heart.
A few days later, I opened the magazine once more to discover an ad on the back page: “Come and Serve at Last Days Ministries”. The picture didn’t have one thing appealing to me. The big red shed, the mass of hippish people (come on…it’s the ’80′s) and a ranch looking back drop. I couldn’t ignore the thump in my heart. This was what being a servant was going to mean for me.
I said “yes” to God and have never regretted one day of that decision.
“Yes” to learning His way instead of the college way.
“Yes” to moving nearly a thousand miles from home.
“Yes” to a new way of doing His work.
The blessings in my life far outweigh any heartache I felt that summer as I called my college and removed my registration, the pain I experienced as I told my serious boyfriend and the fear I went through going into the unknown.
When we say “yes” to God, and model and teach our girls to say “yes” to God, we open doors for God to move in and through us in ways we couldn’t even dream up ourselves.
I am so excited that Lysa TerKeurst and her daughter Hope have given us a resource to encourage our girls to say “yes” to God – “When Young Women Say “Yes” to God“. Lysa has generously given three copies of her new book to be given away today!
To enter to possibly win one of these books, click on comments below (or head to www.LynnCowell.com) and share what area do you pray your girl will say “yes” to God! And if you’re on the run, just say, “I’m in!”