“It’s evident You run the show, so let me back down. You take the leading role and I’ll play the background,”
For the past year, I have been taking part in bible study with a group of woman from all over on facebook. Yesterday morning the scripture we focused on was 2 Corinthians 12:9-10. One of the question that as brought up was “What are some ways God is trying to use you to be a light for your community?”
After reading the passage & praying, I sat for awhile and thought about the question. My answer was:
This is my first week with a week long team this summer & working with high school students can be a challenge. I love it but it isn’t always the easiest – maybe I just have gotten used to working with preK students. A couple months before our team arrives, we do a training with them. We present to them everything that they need to take care of & what to expect when they come to NYC to do bible clubs in the park. This year, I made a packet with all the information they would need to know. I tried to include everything they would need to know, so when they came - everything would just go smoothly without a lot of bumps. Well, I was wrong - things don’t always go as planned. The night before club, I kept asking God to give me strength. I kept telling Him - I need you to take care of this. We attempted to practice bible club the evening they arrived but after being in a car for over five hours & being a group of teenagers in NYC, who would really want to sit inside & go over stuff for bible club? (If I was in their position, I don’t know if I would) The next day, we had a little free time before club and I asked God to help prepare us.. & I asked Him (well, maybe I told Him) to take care of things. I took a deep breath & walked down the street to the park. He is faithful & He took control, club went smoothly for the most part & we had almost 50 kids there!! At one point doing club, I was standing in the back and I looked around - every single kid in that playground was standing/sitting with us for bible clubs. Parents sat on the back benches and they were even tuned in. I realize that God was reminding me that I just had to stand in the background & let Him take control. God is teaching me to prepare & pray — and allow Him to take care of the rest. God is calling me to be the light by allowing me to stand in the background & trust Him. I’ll admit, I can be frustrating at times because I wanted to jump in but God reminded me that as long as I did my work - He does His. God reminded me that Him and I are a team & I am not in this alone. He showed me that by standing in the background - I can be the light. It’s not always easy standing in the background - I like to cover all the little details: I like things to be in order because I want the kids in our park to know and love Jesus. I know that it is impossible to fail because God is there & He is always ready to work .. So, God is calling me to be the light in my community right now by stepping back & allowing Him to shine through.