The day was long and the path uphill.
My eyes looked up ahead and all I saw was difficulty and discouragement.
Dreams don’t go unanswered, Lord.
Dreams are made to live but my muscles ached as I labored on uphill.
My throat hungered for water to quench its thirst.
Water. But I saw no water and kept going.
I had just brushed the hair back from my eyes when I heard a faint sound.
A Voice speaking to me deep within.
“Do it for Me.”
Do it for you, Lord? Why yes, I can do it for You. I will do anything for You.
The thought comforted my weary heart as I kept pushing forward.
Sweat trickling down my face. One foot in front of the other.
My mind wandered back to years before when I first sensed His Call to do this.
Now further along on the journey it had become so difficult.
There were no signs of hopeful results for all my faithful efforts.
No indications of life.
“Do it for Me.”
Even though the way is hard and the path is uphill –
even though all my efforts seem futile.
Yes, I will do it for You.
Suddenly I began to see how I had needlessly burdened myself.
Looking for results. Watching for fruit. Looking for any sign that my efforts are not in vain
when all along
I knew it had been His idea in the first place.
Are you facing a challenge that seems hopeless?
Have you tried and tried and still seem to be getting nowhere?
The harder you work the farther you seem from the goal.
Remember Who called you in the first place.
And listen to Him speak to your soul today.
“Do it for Me.”
My life laid down as a sacrifice for Him.
absolutely nothing but to hear His well done at the finish line.
Eyes on my Savior
in His service
love gives all.
Just do it for Him
Amen! Beautifully said, Sharon.
Some years back I heard a local, young missionary speak at my kid’s school. He had had the privilege of meeting and working for a brief period with Mother Teresa in a street ministry in Calcutta. He watched her tend to what were considered the “lowest” and some of the sickest there were. She held heads while folks vomited, she dressed the wounds of the diseased, etc., over and over again all with love and a smile. The young man got an opportunity to speak to her and asked (I’m paraphrasing from memory, of course) “Sister, how can you do this day in and day out…you of all people who are recognized around the world. You could be relaxing in a nice, air conditioned home surrounded by people serving you”. He said she looked up at him, smiled and said “it’s simple”. She raised her hand, opened it up wide and folded a finger down toward her palm with each word she spoke saying “DO IT FOR THE LORD”.
The young man telling the story who was still visibly moved by the recounting of the experience then continued to illustrate to the audience examples of how those 5 words from Mother Teresa had changed his life. I’ll never forget it!
Well said, Linda! Thank you so much for sharing that illustration. That perspective changes everything!
Sharon, I suspect almost every Christian Poet or Writer feels this way at one time or another – especially when a writing project we were sure God gave us to do keeps getting rejected!
To encourage other members of our Facebook group to read this, I’ll highlight your post on the Christian Poets & Writers blog – https://christianpoetsandwriters.blogspot.com. God bless.
Thank you, Mary. I appreciate your posting this and pray it encourages many others along the journey.
In all you do, keep your eyes on the Savior. Beautiful post, Sharon. As Mary stated, Christian writers will certainly identify with this. Thank you, Sharon .
Thank you, Nells. Your words are so encouraging! We will never go wrong as we trust Him for everything. We might not see results but it is always well as we trust Him.