Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Eph. 5:17)

My husband/pastor resigned from our church without knowing where the Lord was leading next. We were being called, much like Abram, to follow with blind faith. We prayed, listening to discern where he wanted us. Then we wandered. Five months and fourteen stops later, the Lord moved our family to the right place and people. During our waiting period, my parents hosted us for a time. Their church needed kids’ ministry leadership, something we’d been doing for years, and missed. The timing was perfect for us to jump in and help, using specific gifts and skills that the Lord had honed in us.

Ephesians 5 urges the church to be wise rather than foolish, to make opportunities count, and to understand the Lord’s will. To do this, we must be present and listen to him, see the people and needs around us, discern his leading, and then jump in to serve. While it’s easy to say yes (or no) to every whim and opportunity presented, the Lord has created each of us with ears to hear his whispers of go and do. We must make the most of the opportunities set before us; we also must follow if the Lord leads us away.

He still speaks, calling us to follow. Don’t let opportunities to glorify him pass you by. Live well and live wisely as you journey with the Savior.

Say yes to the Lord’s prompting. Serve him well.

Jamie Hilty lives in Goshen, Indiana. Singing, story-sharing, and creating bring her joy. She’s grateful her pastor-husband shares his office and parents their kids so she can put words on paper.

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