Do you ever get a song stuck in your head and find yourself singing it over and over again? It can be really annoying if it’s some dumb advertising ditty, but at times, I find it is a way in which God speaks to me. I remember a time several years ago when I was standing in line in an office supply store.
As usual, I was in a hurry – and the line was oh so long and the service soooooo slow and I was getting really frustrated and impatient. After awhile I noticed I had a song running through my head. Finally I stopped to listen to the words: “The reason I live, is to worship you.” Whoa! God got my attention! If the reason I live is to worship HIM, then I can do that anywhere – even standing in line in an office supply store.
That really changed my perspective. However, in the bustle and busyness of life, I find I often need a “refresher” course – and God is faithful to give it. We usually start Training Week days with music to help focus our hearts and minds on the Lord, so now I have a phrase stuck in my mind from one of the songs: “Lord, I exist to worship you.” Now that’s pretty deep theology, but oh, so practical. God made us for a purpose – to know and love and glorify Him. We exist to worship Him – anytime, anywhere.
Mary Jo Nutting
Does God have a sense of humor? I think so. When I see what God has me doing today, it makes me smile. He was able to take me, at the age of 40, an evolutionary atheist, and change my whole life. Of course, that is what God is in the business of doing … changing lives. Once His truth was revealed to me, I truly did become a new creature.
Yet this change was not without some grumbling. I really did not expect God to call me into full time ministry. It was something I certainly didn’t want. I mean really … sell my business, work with kids, and live by faith? How was I going to take care of my family? What about that big new boat I had my eye on? As I struggled with His calling, I began to feel guilty that I was even arguing with God.
Yet, greater men than I have also been called to do the unexpected, and they too made excuses. Moses was called to lead the Israelites out of Egypt. Jonah fought God on taking a message to Nineveh. Paul was persecuting Christians when he was called. Just as these men finally answered God’s call, I too submitted to the will of my Lord. “Luckily” I didn’t have to be temporarily blinded or swallowed by a great fish to finally obey.
Over the last 18 years with AOI, I have come to know that I have the best “job” I have ever had. To see hundreds of lives changed from hearing the Creation and Gospel message has been a blessing beyond the power of description. I really am glad God won the argument! It makes me smile.