By Rachael Varblow
I don’t often hear a full sermon. Most Sunday mornings I am in and out throughout the service with our little ones. When I am in the sanctuary my attention is often focused on stopping the baby from visiting Jeff at the piano and the teens from writing embarrassing prayer requests, while keeping the preschooler dancing in the aisle instead of up front around the altar.
This week, however, I was blessed to be able to really focus on Scott’s sermon. He spoke of finding and following your call and giving your all. I am sure of my calls –to be in a relationship with God, a wife, a mother, teacher, foster mom. Some days I give everything I am to those calls. But, I thought as I listened to Scott, not every day. I don’t always give my callings my all. I get tired, over-extended, and even selfish sometimes.
On Monday, our daily Bible reading took us to Deuteronomy 32. Verse nine made me stop and smile.
For the LORD’s portion is his people, Jacob his allotted inheritance.
An affirmation of my calling, because that’s how I feel about our foster baby, that getting to be with him and know him is my portion, my reward. I read on. The first half of verse ten said:
In a desert land he found him, in a barren and howling waste.
Again, it resonated. That’s how I felt when I first brought this baby home, that God sent us to rescue him from a barren and howling waste. I read on.
He shielded him and cared for him;he guarded him as the apple of his eye, like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them aloft.
A portrait of God giving his all to his people, protecting them and carrying them with utmost care. I read it and thought, that’s what I want to be to our Jacob. I realized that God was using His Word to inspire me to be like Him, to answer His call in my life with my all, just as He has done through the ages and does each day for His people. While I fail, and stumble, and sin, I have this great God who dusts me off and says, “Here, let me show you how it’s done.”