Completely unqualified—inadequate. That’s me. Give me 3 seconds and I could rattle off the names of ten people more equipped than I am for this task. These thoughts have become familiar intrusions over the last several decades.
As a young adult—called to a ministry that took me far from home and all that was familiar.
As a new wife—shamefully lacking experience in cooking and household management.
As the mother of my first baby—struggling with a genetic condition making it impossible to nurse.
As the young mom of 3 kids within 4 years—overwhelmed by the amount of raw energy required for the most basic level of survival.
As the mom of 3 almost-adults—learning to let go and send them off well.
God continuously calls me to tasks far beyond my ability and comfort level. Homeschooling, public school, leading a ministry I knew nothing about, public speaking, serving alongside my husband in a public platform—and most recently, running a business.
I’m reminded of others God called—Moses, David, Mary—the Bible is full of them. Men and women with little (if any) experience, serious limitations, and unqualified by worldly standards. These people fulfilled the call God had on their lives. He deemed them faithful in spite of their faults.
How did these inadequate humans accomplish great things for God? God’s Word to Zechariah (a man called to serve during the seemingly insurmountable task of rebuilding the temple) is our answer: “Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, says the Lord of hosts” (Zechariah 4:6, ESV).
So as I sit at my desk before another daunting day of work, I thank God for His Spirit. And I’m grateful that apart from Christ, I can do nothing (John 15:5). In my weakness, He is strong (2 Corinthians 12:9).
To God be the glory.