My mouth is clumsier than a toddler going down stairs for the first time. My mind weaves together beautiful ideas, but somehow as the words travel from my brain down to my mouth and out of my lips those ideas become jumbled words that trip over each other and lose all semblance of sense. Sometimes words completely fail me and only silly noises or facial expressions happen, especially when I have to talk in front of large groups of people.
Even so, God (in his infinite wisdom) has called me to be a preacher. Sometimes I wonder why he would pick such an anxious and awkward speaker, but it is pure hubris to think that God would call me and use my strengths. “For the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom, and the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.” 1 Corinthians 1:25 (NIV). In fact it was that very scripture that God led me to when I was confronted with the question of whether or not I was certain of my calling. Thus, I am assured that when my words stumble over one another the Spirit will still speak through me so that I might spread the good news.
This Lenten season it is my prayer that we all reflect on the zeal that Christ had for his Father’s house. I pray that we become filled with that same zeal and allow the Spirit to work within and through us for the sake of the kingdom.
Lord, help us take the time to meditate on Your perfect law and store it in our hearts with great care so that however clumsy or eloquent our speech may be it is truly Your Word being spread. Amen
Contributed by Megan Fowler