Posted: 29 Feb 2012 05:53 AM PST
It's often not easy to open your heart and mind to the wonders that God has in store for you. When I reflect on Abraham's complete trust and faith in following God's calling, I am reminded of a colleague of mine who had it put upon her heart to go into the ministry. She had always been strong in her faith, but she still couldn't quiet the small voices in her head that began to weigh this call from God in human terms. How could she possibly go to seminary? She had two small children, worked full-time, and had a husband who also worked and was finishing his degree. Where would she find the time and energy? Even if she studied part time, it would take five years to get a master of divinity, and by then she would be past forty. Did that make any sense?
Now, it's not easy being human, but my colleague knew that her faith had never failed her, so she used the spiritual practices that Jesus himself had used during his ministry. She prayed and discerned and spoke to others who had taken the journey before her, and then she stepped back and let God have the final say.
Today she is over forty with a master of divinity degree. Her daughters are growing into fine little people. Her husband has his master's degree and their marriage is solid. And her faith? Her faith is stronger than ever as she walks proudly down the promised road to ordination, bathed in the light and love of Jesus Christ.
Colleen Cosgrove, member of Marble Collegiate